• Programs and Initiatives

    ADP Programs and Initiatives

    AASCU’s American Democracy Project offers a range of professional development programs and opportunities as well as national initiatives designed to engage campus stakeholders in the learning and work of our democracy. Our current program offerings include the following:

    • Digital Polarization: ADP's Digital Polarization Initiative is focused on building student civic and information literacy in online spaces through a broad, cross-institutional project to fact-check, annotate, and provide context for emergent news stories promulgated by social media.

    • Economic Inequality: The Economic Inequality Initiative is focused on understanding the impact of economic inequality on our democracy while helping students think about and take action to confront its complex causes.

    • Political Engagement: ADP’s Political Engagement Project started as a three-year initiative involving nine campuses in partnership with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, but it has evolved into an ongoing thread of sustained work focused on advancing democratic and electoral engagement.

    • Stewardship of Public Lands: Stewardship of Public Lands, our oldest ongoing initiative, engages faculty in an annual professional development seminar in Yellowstone National Park designed to help them teach students how conflicts are adjudicated, managed and resolved in a democracy.

    To learn about ADP's prior work, please visit our Past Initiatives page.