• About ADP

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    The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a network of 296 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 AASCU in partnership with The New York Times. 

    ADP’s goal is to produce college and university graduates who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences they need to be informed, engaged members of their communities. 

    Since its inception, ADP has organized national and regional meetings; a series of national  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, speaker series, and award programs.

    • Participants by State: More than 296 AASCU institutions are currently participating in ADP from 48 states plus the District of Columbia.

    • Program Partners: ADP is proud to work 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 ongoing guidance and support to the ADP network.

    • Civic Fellows: ADP Civic Fellows explore assessment, research and programmatic efforts that enact and support ADP’s mission and national work.

    • ADP Logo: Learn about the student-designed ADP logo and download a customizable version for use in campus programming.