Civic & Global Engagement

State colleges and universities prepare students to shape the future. Regional public universities serve the nation’s most diverse student populations. We help these institutions prepare all students to participate in our globalizing world with courage, confidence, and responsibility.

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The Austin Peay State University community volunteers to beautify the campus during the 2015 Plant the Campus Red event on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (Beth Liggett, APSU)

We help our members fulfill their commitment to develop globally engaged citizens.

AASCU programs support regional public universities as they help their graduates navigate political, social, and cultural implications in their careers and civic engagements.

American Democracy Project

Join nearly 300 institutions committed to developing civically engaged students.

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Global Initiatives

Build partnerships to thrive in our increasingly interconnected world.

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All students deserve a quality civic and global education.

Our civic and global engagement programs support first-generation college students, students of color, and students from low-income families as they fulfill their purpose and enrich their communities – in and beyond higher education. 


Sino-U.S. CHEPD 1+2+1 Program


students from 182 institutions (144 Chinese, 38 U.S.) have participated in the Sino-U.S. CHEPD 1+2+1 Program, which carries $400 million in total economic impact.

Practicing Democracy workshop series


people from 71 AASCU campuses attended a session in our Practicing Democracy workshop series, which provided networking, knowledge sharing, and capacity building for voter education and engagement efforts on college campuses.


“My students and I have benefitted from hearing perspectives from others and gaining insight on how to collaborate on challenging issues. Programs like Global Literacy Talks allow students to think of innovative solutions, practice communication, and find common ground. Thoughtful discourse is a skill that they can take forward in their career and in their lives.”

Amber Godwin-Ellis

Assistant Professor
Sam Houston State University

“AASCU has been instrumental in enhancing academic experiences for our faculty and students, especially about Japan. With their help, professors and other Japanese experts have engaged with our community. These have been significant for us because of the lack of Japanese studies and language offerings on campus.  Three UB faculty members (myself included) were awarded funding to participate in the “Japan Studies Institute” which has paved the way for including Japan studies in curriculum at U.B.”

Abdul Knowles

Director for Global Studies and Programmes; Adjunct Research Faculty
University of the Bahamas

“Keene State College’s mission prepares students to think critically and creatively, engage in their communities, and pursue meaningful work in a global society. ADP is integral with inspiring our campus to achieve our mission. The ADP community provides opportunities to learn new and innovative strategies, share best practice, and engage in positive critical dialogue on challenging and divisive topics.”

Kimberly Schmidl-Gagne

Program Manager for Accreditation Processes and Diversity and Multicultural Student Initiative
Keene State College (NH)

“This tour has entirely changed my view on what is possible in the world. This program allowed typical students to understand the world outside of their own country. This trip also provided education on other services available for students to continue their studies and interest abroad. Due to this information and confidence instilled in me by the program coordinator for this study tour, I have decided to pursue other opportunities to learn abroad. I am also influenced to the extent that I want to search for a career in psychology that involves international relationships, identity, and cultural assurance.”

Najah Abdul-Qawiyy

BA, Psychology, CUNY Staten Island
2018 China-US Rising Star Study Tour Participant
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Explore other ways we help regional public universities develop global citizens.

Committee on International Education

Talented leaders helping AASCU institutions’ faculty, campus teams, and students thrive in a world where people, cultures, economies, and ecosystems are more interconnected than ever.

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Awards and Recognition

Awards honoring institutions that demonstrate their strategic commitment to prioritizing, institutionalizing, and advancing student civic learning and community engagement.

Apply for our Excellence and Innovation awards.

Global Partners

Collaborative engagements providing opportunities for internationalization, student mobility, and academic partnerships.

Get to know our global partners.

Let’s talk about how we can help your institution empower students to become agents of change.


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