The America's Future initiative, a partnership with Public Agenda, was active between 2008 and 2011. The goal of the America’s Future initiative was to educate AASCU students about our looming national debt and deficits, while exploring ways in which they could interact with policy makers to end than era of financial irresponsibility. Faculty members assisted students in exploring this complex issue as well as developing potential solutions and ways of addressing the risks posed by both national debt and deficit.
Both curricular and co-curricular programs were created by the eight America’s Future campuses, including personal debt awareness events, art competitions, essay contests, and the use of Public Agenda’s
Facing Up to the Nation’s Finances curricular materials.
In 2010, the America’s Future Scholars featured a series of articles describing their work in a “Teacher Symposium” in PS: Political Science and Politics entitled
“America’s Financial Future, Civic Engagement, and the Public University.” The issue is available for purchase
In addition to the “Teacher Symposium,” Andrew Yarrow and Cecilia M. Orphan created a toolkit for hosting intergenerational dialogues about the many issues related to the national debt and deficits—including Social Security, health-care spending, defense and domestic spending, tax and revenue policies, and debt service.
“A Toolkit for Conducting Intergenerational Dialogues about the National Debt and Deficit” is a resource for planning and implementing such an event on campuses.