American Democracy Project (ADP) is a multi-campus initiative focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The project began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times. The more than 260 AASCU member campuses in this network advance the civic learning and democratic engagement of their students, campuses and communities. These institutions act as “Stewards of Place” and engage in curricular and co-curricular efforts to deepen campus cultures of democratic engagement, to ensure that all students are prepared with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences that will help them flourish in the personal, professional and public spheres of their lives. ADP engages campuses and their stakeholders in a variety of professional and leadership development opportunities as well as research, assessment and programmatic activities intended to advance our collective civic work. Learn more here: http://www.aascu.org/programs/ADP/
NASPA Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (Lead Initiative)
comprises a network of NASPA member colleges and universities committed to
encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic
engagement a part of every student’s college education. Selected institutions, representing
public and private four-year and two-year colleges and universities, have committed
to a series of strategies to work in partnership with on and off campus constituents to influence
students’ ongoing commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement. The NASPA
Lead Initiative offers unique professional development opportunities, targeted resources,
networking, and recognition for its Lead Institutions.
The Democracy Commitment (TDC) is a national organization dedicated to advancing democracy in America’s Community Colleges, and to make democratic skills more available to all community colleges students who desire a voice and a seat at the table of local, state, and national discourse and action. To such end, TDC provides a platform for the development and expansion of community college programs, projects, and curricula aimed at engaging students in civic and democratic learning and engagement. TDC is celebrating its fifth anniversary year as it was launched on November 11, 2011, at The New York Times and was modeled after AASCU’s American Democracy Project where it is housed in their offices in Washington, D.C. With a network of well over140 community college campuses in 24 states, TDC’s goal is to ensure that every community college student graduates with an education in civic responsibility and democracy. This includes all of democracy’s students whether they aim to transfer to university, achieve an associate degree, and/or obtain a certificate. Learn more here: http://thedemocracycommitment.org/.