Middlebury College Alliance for Civic Engagement
- Education/Career Training
The Alliance for Civic Engagement (ACE) integrates community-connected teaching, learning, research, and service into the undergraduate experience?in the classroom, across Vermont, throughout the nation, and around the world?linking Middlebury?s liberal arts tradition to 21st century challenges and opportunities.
ACE is a nationally recognized program?among the very first group of colleges and universities recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for both the ?Curricular Engagement? and ?Outreach and Partnerships? categories in Carnegie?s Community Engagement Classification.
Created in 2003 with the generous support of a Class of 1953 alumna to promote and support service and pedagogies of engagement, ACE has carved a niche that connects students? liberal arts learning to hands-on, direct involvement in communities, be they near or far. These experiences provide a ?human face? that brings theoretical frameworks to life, challenging students to go beyond mastering concepts to develop tangible skills to apply their learning through practice.
A key goal of a Middlebury College education advanced in the College?s strategic plan, ?Knowledge Without Boundaries,? is for graduates ?to be thoughtful and ethical leaders able to meet the challenges of informed citizenship both in their communities and as world citizens?independent thinkers, committed to service, with the courage to follow their convictions and to accept responsibility for their actions.? ACE supports the College in advancing its mission?most especially its commitment to students as they ?learn to engage the world.? As also set forth in the strategic plan, Middlebury College?and ACE?seeks to develop a sense of balance and personal responsibility in students? lives that helps to foster a sense of civic responsibility and stewardship in relation to the world beyond.