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Academic Citizenship

You have a unique and creative voice.

Making yourself heard involves:

  • Finding that voice
  • Working on skills that make conversations less scary and more productive, even when people disagree
  • Having more opportunities to practice those skills in conversations about complex issues

Through the Academic Citizenship Quality Enhancement Program, Bridgewater College is implementing new initiatives to increase and improve conversations about a wide variety of issues and in a wide variety of environments, both academic and social. The Academic Citizenship Program is built on the concept of engaging students in their education and encouraging the development of their own voice.

By helping students take advantage of an academic community filled with other vibrant, creative, interested and interesting citizens, Academic Citizenship provides students the skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to become adept at exploring perspectives other than their own, evaluating the claims others make about the world, and offering their own assertions for consideration by that community. As Bridgewater students become academic citizens, they are also preparing to be better citizens of the occupational, local, national and global communities to which they will contribute in the future.

This program consists of two complementary initiatives:

  • The Big Question - an annual theme to focus and invigorate campus conversations
  • The Annual Pedagogy Project - in which faculty members develop student-centered learning strategies that focus on building perspective taking, public reasoning, and self-authorship skills in their courses