• ADP Curricular and Cocurricular Rubrics

    The Community Engagement and Measurement Subcommittee (CEMS) of the American Democracy Project (ADP) has developed a set of rubrics to assist with the definition, program development, and evaluation of curricular and extracurricular civic engagement activities.

    Our goal was to develop rubrics that provide a solid foundation for assessing work in these areas. We expect campuses to use the parts of the rubrics that work for them and to make modifications that fit their campus culture. We also recognize that not every campus will use the rubrics in the same way. For example, the rubrics might be used to evaluate activities, as part of a campus audit, or as a tool to assist in designing curricular and extracurricular civic activities.
    • Curricular Rubric 
    • Cocurricular Rubric 
    • Tell us how you used these rubrics 
    • See how others have used these rubrics 
    • Operational definitions 
    • Additional Feedback 
    • Curricular Rubric Introduction
    This rubric is more comprehensive than is feasible for most uses. We expect campuses to use the parts of the rubrics that work for them and to make modifications that fit their campus culture. We would like to know what you think of this rubric and how you used it. Please consider sharing how you used this rubric with others and helping us develop a comprehensive list of operational definitions for the terms in the rubrics.

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    Cocurricular Rubric Introduction

    This rubric is more comprehensive than is feasible for most uses. We expect campuses to use the parts of the rubrics that work for them and to make modifications that fit their campus culture. We would like to know what you think of this rubric and how you used it. Please consider sharing how you used this rubric with others and helping us develop a comprehensive list of operational definitions for the terms in the rubrics.


    Tell Us How Introduction

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with others. In the boxes below provide a description for how you used the rubrics. Detailed descriptions are appreciated, but remember that you are limited to XXX characters. Also, please include your name, institution, and contact information so that those who are interested can contact you for additional information. You can see how others have used the rubrics by clicking here (hypertext to “See how others” page).


    See How Others Introduction

    Thank you for your interest in these rubrics. We think it may be helpful to see how others have used the rubrics. Below is a table of uses. You can sort the list by the date the use was added, the names of the contributors, and contributor institutions. You can add a use by clicking here (hypertext to “Tell us how” page).


    Operational Definition Introduction

    One of the keys to using these rubrics effectively is to have agreement on the meaning of the terms. If you have a good definition for a term or terms, please add them below. If you would like to see how others have defined terms, you can enter the term below and see what other people have added to the database.