Northern Kentucky University will participate in two American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) initiatives designed to improve civic engagement and economic literacy among students, and to build campus-community partnerships.
The two-year-long initiatives involve hundreds of resource-sharing colleges and universities across the country, according to an announcement.
One program, Re-Imagining Campus-Community Partnerships, will help colleges and universities deepen their engagement work with community partners, especially
during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to the announcement.
The initiative will identify trends and patterns of engagement and allow NKU to learn from other institutions and share our most impactful community engagement practices, unique educational goals as well as common goals among participating institutions, the school said.
“Over the past year, we have seen tremendous changes in the way citizens interact and engage civically in their communities,” said Samantha Langley, vice-president of graduate studies, research and outreach. “It’s important for us to delve deeply into how civic engagement has changed over the past year to help us deepen and
strengthen our regional commitment.
In the second initiative, the Economic Literacy Project, NKU will work with other colleges to improve students’ knowledge of US national debt, tax policy, and financial literacy.
“Helping students understand the importance of money and finance is extremely vital for their role in society after graduation,” said Dr Abdullah Al-Bahrani, NKU economics professor at Haile College of Business. “From understanding their personal budgets to US tax policy, finances play a huge role in everyday life.”
NKU President Ashish Vaidya is a long-time active member of AASCU. In addition to being appointed to the AASCU board of directors, he also sits on the association’s committee on manpower and economic development and has also chaired its engagement and research council. Vaidya represented NKU at the AASCU Annual Meeting in 2018, where he joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Keeping the Promise of Public Higher ED” podcast.