• Past Initiatives

    • America’s Future: The America’s Future Initiative, a partnership with Public Agenda from 2008-2011, focused on educating students about our looming national debt and deficits, while exploring potential solutions.

    • Civic Agency: Civic agency is a term used to describe a sense of civic efficacy and the ability to take civic action to address a perceived need or problem. The Civic Agency Initiative, a partnership with the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, sought to produce a series of national models for developing civic agency among undergraduates.

    • Civic Health: ADP’s Campus and Community Civic Health Initiative was an effort, in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship, to measure and improve campus and community civic health by creating a metric that can be used to assess civic health and develop plans for areas in need of improvement.

    • Deliberative Polling: Deliberative Polling is a social science research method that explores what people would think about an issue if they became more engaged and informed. ADP’s Deliberative Polling initiative engaged 29 AASCU campuses in the exploration of strategies to engage students, faculty, staff and community members in discussions about public issues and to develop students' citizenship skills. This initiative was organized in partnership with the Center for Deliberative Democracy. 

    • eCitizenship: With support from the Center for the Study of Citizenship, ADP’s eCitizenship Initiative brought together campuses to examine how emerging technologies facilitate civic and political engagement.

    • Engage the Election 2016: In 2016, ADP partnered with The Democracy Commitment and icitizen, a civic engagement app, to advance informed nonpartisan engagement in the presidential election and beyond.

    • Global Engagement: Participants in ADP’s Global Engagement Initiative worked to develop strategies, materials and programs to educate globally competent citizens. One of the major outcomes of this initiatives was the development of the Global Challenges course, part of AASCU’s National Blended Course Consortium.