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.
May 15, 2020Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, ADP and NASPA will present the 2020 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE20) in a virtual format. Join us on June 4–5, July 24, and September 11 as we foster deep connections and practice deliberative dialogue and responsible scholarship in an online format. The changes to higher education in the midst of the coronavirus crisis have been extraordinary, and we recognize that our roles in civic learning and democratic engagement will continue to change. The purposeful and practical approach of the Virtual CLDE20 offers a space to explore with our colleagues, strengthen our institutions, and design for the future.
January 6, 2020
A Tribute to Dr. BurchWe are saddened by the passing of Dr. Barbara Burch on January 4, 2020. Barbara served as provost at Western Kentucky University (WKU) from 1996-2010 and was one of initial group of provosts who helped launch ADP in 2003, showing extraordinary national leadership in the design, creation and ongoing development of ADP. In 2014, ADP created the "Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement", which recognizes exemplary faculty leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students and advancing the work of ADP on campus and/or nationally. Barbara was an exceptional leader and mentor to so many on the WKU campus and across the ADP network. She was a champion of democracy and we are eternally grateful for her leadership. WKU has established a tribute page to share memories and to donate in her memory. Read more
August 22, 2019
The American Civic Collaboration Awards (Civvys) announce the American Democracy Project (ADP) as a 2019 finalist.
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.
Email ADP to learn more about donating to American Democracy Project.
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American Association of State Colleges and Universities
ATTN: American Democracy Project
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