American Democracy Project (ADP)—a
network of 296 public colleges and universities serving 2.7 million students
across 48 states plus the District of Columbia—is committed to preparing students with the knowledge,
skills and experiences to be informed and engaged citizens. We have worked diligently to build
civic engagement as a lifelong practice and to instill civic agency in our
students and across our institutions. Read more.
September 9, 2020More
than 160 AASCU presidents, provosts, faculty, staff, and students joined AASCU
President Mildred García and former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Ohio
Governor John Kasich on September 9 for
a conversation about their World War
Zero initiative, which is a coalition
intent on driving 10 million climate conversations in 2020 and achieving
net zero emissions by 2050.
Both Kerry and Kasich spoke with candor about the polarization we
are facing in the current landscape; they encouraged voting, and especially
student voter turnout, as the best way to motivate change and hold leaders
accountable. The questions from the attendees covered a range of topics,
including nuclear energy and how to effect larger-scale cultural
change. García closed the program and spoke to the role of AASCU
institutions as Stewards of Place and as partners in this work to create a more
equitable and sustainable future. View the webinar
August 17, 2020ADP is partnering with The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to host a National Debate Watch Party! We’ll have interactive, moderated discussions done virtually and on campuses across the country on all nights of the presidential and vice presidential debates. If your campus wants to be included in the Debate Watch Parties, contact Cathy Copeland at CopelandC@aascu.org and provide the name and contact information for a coordinator for your Campus Debate Watch Party. To help prepare for the upcoming debates and election, we also will be hosting a series of free workshops on digital polarization/digital literacy, civil discourse, ideological bias via the 4Quad diagnostic, and voter education and engagement while also providing free toolkits and resources. ADP is also pleased to promote two partnerships to its campuses. The Council on Foreign Relations will expand the World101: Global Civic Literacy initiative. Collaboratory will offer a free year of access to its library content and education teams. We encourage all of our ADP campuses to examine these two different initiatives and consider applying by September 17, 2020, to participate:
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.
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