• About ADP

    The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a network of more than 250 state colleges and universities focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. ADP was established in 2003 as a nonpartisan initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in partnership with The New York Times. 

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    The goal of the American Democracy Project is to produce college and university graduates who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences that will equip them to be informed, engaged members of their communities.

    Since its inception, ADP has hosted 14 national and 18 regional meetings, a series of national civic engagement in action initiatives, a national assessment project, and hundreds of campus initiatives including voter education and registration, curriculum revision projects, campus audits, special days of action and reflection (e.g., MLK Day of ServiceConstitution Day), speaker series and many recognition and award programs.

    • Participants by State: More than 250 AASCU state colleges and universities are currently participating in ADP from 46 states plus the District of Columbia
    • Program Partners: We’re proud to partner with a select set of civic engagement program partners who provide updates, guidance and thought leadership on an array of civic learning and democratic engagement issues.

    • Steering Committee: A steering committee comprised of faculty, staff, students and campus leadership provides which appoints a chair, past chair and chair elect provides ongoing guidance and support to the ADP network.

    • ADP Logo : Learn about the student-designed ADP logo and download customizable versions for used in campus programming.

    Download an ADP informational handout here.