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    The Campus & Community Civic Health Initiative, a newly created effort to measure and improve campus and community civic health, will serve as a signature program of the 10th anniversary of the American Democracy Project (ADP). ADP’s Campus & Community Civic Health Initiative is intended to engage American colleges and universities in two efforts:

    1. First, we want ADP campuses to devise measures and metrics for assessing the civic health of their campus as well as their community; 

    2. Second, we hope our ADP campuses, having conducted the assessment, will find a measure of civic health that needs improvement, and devise a program to respond to that concern. 

    The Campus & Community Civic Health Initiative is informed by the critical work of the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) – our convening partner organization – on America’s civic health, by national thought leaders, and by research centers and projects on civic issues (e.g., CIRCLE).


    This two-year initiative with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is designed to identify and develop campus and community civic health assessments and tools, as well as action plans that respond to the findings. Participating institutions will work together to study the civic health of our campuses and communities. We want to discover how our campuses support and facilitate civic health. Our goal is to provide insights into and strategies for measuring civic health on campus and off campus. This initiative will launch with an inaugural Campus & Community Civic Health Initiative Summit – a pre-conference workshop – at the American Democracy Project national meeting on June 7, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. Participation in the initiative is open to any AASCU-member institution, with preference given to current ADP members. Institutions that are not already participating members of ADP will be automatically enrolled in the American Democracy Project if they are selected for participation in this initiative. This initiative is also open to our community college colleagues who are members of ADP’s sister organization, The Democracy Commitment (TDC). TDC participation is encouraged especially where there are opportunities for regional collaboration with other two-year or four-year institutions.

    Core Activities 

    • Develop tools for assessing the civic health of campuses and communities;

    • Expand our understanding of the current state of civic health on college campuses and in local communities;

    • Identify and share ways that a college or university – in partnership with a local community – can improve the civic health of the campus and/or community; and

    • Explore the interplay between campus and community civic health.

    • Opportunity to measure actual student voter turnout for 2008, 2010 and 2012 elections via partnership with CIRCLE

    • Opportunity to partner with NCoC on producing state and city-level Civic Health Index reports

    • Opportunity to track campus civic work using Lyon Software’s Community Benefit Inventory for Social Accountability for duration of this project

    For more details, see the Campus & Community Health Initiative Description.

    DRAFT Campus & Community Health Initiative Matrix.

    Convening Partner

    National Conference on Citizenship 

    Partner Organizations

    Evaluation Consultant

    List of Participants

    • Buffalo State College (SUNY)
    • California State University, Chico
    • California State University, Los Angeles
    • California State University, Monterey Bay
    • Central Michigan University
    • College at Brockport (SUNY)
    • Dalton State College
    • Indiana University Northwest
    • Macon State College
    • Metropolitan State College of Denver
    • Middle Tennessee State University
    • Missouri Southern State University
    • Missouri State University
    • Northeastern Illinois University
    • Texas A&M University - Commerce
    • University of Alaska Anchorage
    • University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
    • University of Central Oklahoma
    • University of Missouri - St. Louis
    • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
    • Western Kentucky University
    • Westfield State University
    • Winona State University
    • Lone Star College - Kingwood