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. The American Democracy Project (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.
Over the past 15 years, ADP has implemented more than 100 unique learning initiatives across 250 campuses, in 46 states (and the District of Columbia), reaching 3.2 million students. We are now celebrating the 15th anniversary of ADP by expanding our work to develop even greater leading-edge and action-oriented civic education.
Beyond our strategic initiatives, we have 3 primary goals for 2018.
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