• American Democracy Project

    Since 2003, ADP has organized more than 15 national and 18 regional meetings, implemented more than 100 campus initiatives and engaged more than 255 colleges and universities, reaching millions of students nationwide.

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    Project News

    August 22, 2019
    The American Civic Collaboration Awards (Civvys) announce the American Democracy Project (ADP) as a 2019 finalist. Read more

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    The Future of America’s Democracy Lies in its State Colleges and Universities

    Public college and university students will shape the future of America and our democracy. Students who attend public colleges and universities far outweigh those who attend private institutions. However, this sizeable and influential majority of students are not adequately equipped with the tools they need to graduate as engaged and informed citizen leaders.

    ADP, established in 2003 as a nonpartisan initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in partnership with The New York Times, was created to ensure that all students receive a quality civic  education.

    Students must have knowledge of the structures and processes of democracy. They must learn to develop civic skills of critical thinking, deliberation, thoughtful listening and dialogue, particularly with opposing views and perspectives. Students must have experiences with democratic processes, and they need to be able to reflect on those experiences. Civic education is particularly important for non-traditional students and those who do not come from privileged backgrounds, including women, students of color, and economically disempowered students.    

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