• American Democracy Project

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    The Future of America’s Democracy Lies in its State Colleges and Universities

    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.    

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    15 Years of Civic Empowerment

    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.   

    Help American Democracy Project Create a Vibrant Democracy

    Beyond our strategic initiatives, we have 3 primary goals for 2018.

    1.  Create an Actionable and Open Data Set

    Data Set - IconHelp ADP capture the pulse of the American campus.
    Collecting and analyzing the latest data on student political beliefs, behavior, and goals, ADP will create targeted and relevant student programming.

    2.  Enhance Digital Fluency

    Technology - IconHelp ADP empower millions of students to distinguish between fake and real news. 
    Developing a suite of innovative tools that can scale across college campuses, ADP will help students become savvy media consumers.

    3.  Raise Significant Funds for New and Expanded Programs

    Dollar - IconHelp ADP create dynamic and leading-edge civic education.  
    For 2018 and beyond ADP, will bring groundbreaking leaders in politics, education and technology together to create transformative civic learning. Your contribution will help create unprecedented experiences for the next generation of civic leaders.

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    Email ADP to learn more about donating to American Democracy Project.

    Mail a check to:
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities
    ATTN: American Democracy Project                                                                       
    1307 New York Avenue, N.W., 6th Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20005