The Political Engagement Project: Ferris State University has been chosen by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of eight universities to conduct a pilot research and pedagogy project focused on increasing political engagement among undergraduate students. Co-sponsored by The New York Times and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Phase I of the Political Engagement Project sought to enhance student political engagement through individual courses. Phase II seeks to achieve that goal on a campus-wide basis.
The major distinction of a Political Engagement Project Course (PEP) is that it does not require creation of a new course or the complete overhaul of an existing course. Rather, PEP requires only that at least one of the course objectives will serve to improve student political engagement in relation to course material by exposing students to real events and players in a political arena. Examples of relevant activities include, but are not limited to: guest speaker series, attendance at governmental meetings, travel to events away from campus, utilization of current media resources in addition to or in place of texts, etc.
Some will wonder what an appropriate level of course emphasis we are requesting. We would suggest that, at a minimum, a PEP course would account for about 25% of the course grade (it could certainly be more)