KF News and Ideas

Introducing College Presidents on Higher Education and Its Civic Purposes

Kettering has recently begun working with college presidents to move beyond their administrative and fundraising roles and provide new leadership for civic engagement—to act as “public philosophers” for their institutions. Beginning with a meeting with a small group of college presidents in July 2015, we found that these presidents were indeed eager to take leadership on themes of democracy and civic engagement on their campuses and with their stakeholders. This blog series offers a space to gather and present their thoughts.

Profiles in Higher Education Civic Leadership

In recent years, Kettering has brought together a series of research exchanges with college presidents on the civic purposes of higher education. In these exchanges, we discovered that presidents are deeply concerned with the state of our democracy and anxious to expand their leadership roles beyond fundraising and bureaucratic administration.

Experience with Deliberation in College Translates to Sustained Political Engagement

According to a recent follow-up study, students who use deliberation to enhance civic engagement efforts in college are still feeling the effects 10 years after the fact.

How Civic Engagement Spread across Six College Campuses

Jay Theis had a newly minted doctorate in political science when he became concerned about the fate of a Methodist church that was closing across the street from his Kansas City home.

Robert J. Kingston: A Tribute

Robert Kingston, a leading member of the Kettering Foundation family for more than 35 years, passed away August 20 in Long Island, New York. A celebration of his life will be scheduled in October.

Robert J. Kingston, 1929-2016

Robert J. Kingston, a senior associate at the Kettering Foundation for more than 30 years, died August 20 at Hospice on Long Island, New York. He was 87.

NIF STARTER VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING & DOWNLOAD

The National Issues Forums Institute and the Kettering Foundation are excited to announce NIF On Demand.

Ranking Systems to Prioritize the Civic Mission of Higher Education

A university’s ascent or fall within the rankings are newsworthy developments. A rise in rankings leads universities to promote the ranking and their placement.

WATCH: A Public Voice 2016

Footage from A Public Voice 2016 is now available to stream online.

Interim Report on Health Care and Making Ends Meet Forums Released at A Public Voice 2016 in Washington, DC

Citizens at Work: An interim report from A Public Voice 2016.