• Resources

    Below are resources for college administrators seeking to create more voter friendly campuses.

    Strengthening American Democracy:
    A Guide for Developing an Action Plan to Increase Civic Learning, Political Engagement, and Voting Rates Among College Students

    This is a tool designed to help faculty, staff, and students write strong action plans to increase civic learning, democratic engagement, and voting rates among college students. It provides a framework for developing and documenting institutional goals and strategies. It is not meant to be prescriptive and should be adapted to your institutional context.

    Democracy Counts: A Report on U.S. College and University Student Voting

    Aggregating data from 1,023 higher education institutions and 9,784,931 student records, the 2016 NSLVE report shows that students voted at a higher rate in 2016 than 2012 by about three percentage points, rising from 45.1% to 48.3%. This report includes turnout data by demographic criteria, field of study, class year, age group, and more.

    ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Resource Hub

    Action plan development, voter registration, voter education, and voter turnout resources--and much more!

    The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement

    The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates and, for interested campuses, a closer examination of their campus climate for political learning and engagement and correlations between specific student learning experiences and voting. Click on the report here to see a sample report, or visit the following website for more information: http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/research/nslve/.

    ideas 42 Research

    Check out the recent ideas42 publication, Graduating Students into Voters. It discuses eight psychological barriers faced by student voters and nine actionable design principles college leaders can use to overcome them.

    Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines

    For a democracy to function effectively, its citizens must participate. Furthermore, these same citizens must deliberate effectively, engage with one another, and arrive at workable compromises. Although these skills are critical for a vibrant society, the means to learn and develop them is lacking in American education today. Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines evaluates the goals, challenges, and rewards of integrating civic education into the curriculum, highlighting best practices across disciplines and campuses.

    A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future

    "Civic learning needs to be an integral component of every level of education, from grade school through graduate school, across all fields of study.”

    MSI Vote: Ensuring Democracy and Promoting Voting through the Power of Minority Serving Institutions

    Examining key issues that affect student and racial and ethnic minority turnout across the nation, this report explores the impact of the distance from campuses to polling sites, the time it takes to get to those sites, and why these factors disproportionately affect students and minorities. It also studies various policies that perpetuate voter suppression and other challenges that fall outside of the general structure of voting, such as misinformation, miscommunication, and racism.