AASCU is committed to helping our members graduate the next generation of informed and engaged citizens. AASCU and ADP work with partners and supporters on program initiatives and rely on their expertise and thought leadership on a range of civic learning and democratic engagement issues in higher education.
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge believes higher education should play a role in developing an active and informed citizenry by educating students, motivating them to engage in American democracy, and instilling the value of lifelong participation. Through an intentionally designed program – which provides incentive, structure, and accountability – this national, nonpartisan initiative inspires, supports, and celebrates colleges and universities working to improve civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation.
The Bridge Alliance
The Bridge Alliance exists to upgrade our democratic republic. Our members agree to adhere to The Four Principles and are part of a broad coalition dedicated to engaging citizens in the political process, working with our civic leaders to face tough challenges, and promoting respectful, civil discourse.
Collaboratory was developed in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). UNCG’s Institute for Community and Economic Engagement created an online database to organize and report their data from hundreds of community engagement and public service activities and relationships. Collaboratory builds off of UNCG’s experience and creates a national database to further understanding of the practice and scholarship of community engagement.
eJournal of Public Affairs
The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal published by Missouri State University and affiliated with ADP. By providing an academic, nationally refereed venue for such work, the eJournal aims to advance the status of public scholarship.
NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. NASPA serves a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of member colleges and universities. Established in 1918 and founded in 1919, NASPA is comprised of over 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories.
In partnership with NASPA, ADP co-organizes an annual Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting, as well as other institutes and initiatives.
Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV)
The SLSV Coalition is a diverse group of local, state, and national organizations dedicated to increasing student voter participation and civic engagement through data-driven approaches and by working with college administrators to implement the SLSV Checklist. SLSV believes in the importance of incorporating democratic engagement into campus life and work to identify best practices for institutions of higher education around voter registration, voter education, ballot access, and GOTV.
World101 from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
World101 is a free modular course that breaks down the fundamentals of international relations and foreign policy through relatable multimedia content and stories that help students understand what lies at the core of the most important, enduring topics and issues along with why these topics matter and how they are relevant. Designed for the non-specialist, but of value to those with some knowledge as well, World101 is geared toward learners both inside and outside of formal academic settings.
In partnership with World101 from CFR, ADP launched a one-year Global Civic Literacy Initiative to help students increase their knowledge of our global society and understand how global issues influence lives of everyday citizens.
Theory to Practice (BT2P)
Bringing Theory to Practice (BT2P) is an independent project based at Elon
University (N.C.). We believe that
undergraduate education should be holistic and transformative, nurturing active
and integrative learning, personal well-being, preparation for meaningful work,
and democratic citizenship. We believe that “educating the whole student” must
include students of all backgrounds, interests, and educational settings. And
we believe that the first two commitments require significant change in higher
education. BT2P works to advance this mission through innovative practice,
research, advocacy, and institutional change.
Yellowstone Forever—formerly the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Park Foundation—is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone Forever connects people to Yellowstone through outstanding visitor experiences and educational programs, and translates those experiences into lifelong support and philanthropic investment to conserve and enhance the park for the future. The opportunities Yellowstone Forever provides for volunteerism and community relations develop and engage new stewards for the park. Through thoughtful cultivation and stewardship of people who love the park, Yellowstone Forever is building a broad network of philanthropic supporters dedicated to preserving the park. Yellowstone Forever’s mission of engagement and support through education and fundraising for the park will ensure Yellowstone remains for generations to come.
In partnership with Yellowstone Forever, ADP conducts an annual
Stewardship of Public Lands seminar for faculty representatives from participating AASCU institutions to spend a week in Yellowstone National Park studying controversies about wolves, bison, snowmobiles and grizzlies. Faculty then return to their campuses to design programs for students, some focused on the controversies in the Yellowstone ecosystem, others focused on local public land and resource issues.
ADP and NASPA co-organize an annual national meeting for civic engagement administrators, faculty, staff, students and community partners focused on institutionalizing and advancing civic learning and democratic engagement work on our campuses.
A special thank you is extended to our partners, sponsors and exhibitors for the
2020 CLDE Meeting: