OUR MISSION: To contribute to EKU's Quality Enhancement Plan by helping students become politically informed, critical, and creative thinkers who communicate effectively about issues of civic and political importance.
OUR GOAL: To achieve our mission through a semester-long model citizens' assembly in which students become more civically engaged citizens while earning three hours of general education, major, or elective credit in POL 301.
OUR OBJECTIVES: to help CACTUS participants, in their dual role as students and citizens, to
- explore all aspects of an issue of public policy;
- evaluate various ways of addressing the issue;
- expand their thinking to develop ideas for how to best address the problem;
- express their positions, through debate and deliberation, on the basis of shared knowledge and a commitment to achieving consensus as to a solution.