In research on civic role of universities, Klemenčič has focused mostly on education function preparing students for citizenship and civic engagement. Klemenčič argues that to develop students' civic agency and dispositions for active citizenship and civic involvement two measures are needed. One is to build-in these topics into regular classes and create connections to real-world problems as part of the existing course offer when possible (as opposed to offering special "civics" courses). Another measure is for universities and colleges to operate as sites of citizenship and civic involvement. Through practices of student representation in decision-making and offering opportunities to students for public service on campus, colleges and universities enable student university citizenship. Through representative and service roles, students learn how to enact their civic agency in an institutional context. Any by having opportunities for civic engagment their sense of belonging to the home institution and their sense of ownership of their institution strenghten. Both are important for student wellbeing.
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