Congratulations to ALL IN Challenge Award Winners!
Last Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the first-ever ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP’s National Manager, accepted the Standout Partner Award on behalf of AASCU’s American Democracy Project. ADP’s Metropolitan State University of Denver was also honored with ALL IN’s Highest Undergraduate Voting Rate Award and with the Highest Voting Rate for a large campus. In all, more than 30 awards were announced at the event that took place at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum. A full list of award winners can be viewed here.
Thirteen (13) ADP campuses were recognized with ALL IN’s Silver Campus Seal of Achievement, having a campus voter participation rate of 60-69%, while 28 ADP campuses earned a Bronze Campus Seal of Achievement with voting rates of 50-59%.
Student participation in elections has increased in the past few years. A recent report, “Democracy Counts: A Report on U.S. College and University Student Voting” from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy in Higher Education, shows that between the 2012 presidential election, and the 2016 presidential election, student voting went from 45.1% of eligible voters in 2012 to 48.3% in 2016 – a 7% improvement.
The All IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus. By joining the Challenge, campuses commit to:
- Convening a campus-wide committee that includes members from academic affairs, student affairs, and the student body, as well as any other relevant stakeholders;
- Developing and implementing an action plan to improve democratic engagement;
- Participating in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) in order to measure student voting rates; and
- Sharing their campus’ action plan and NSLVE results in order to be eligible for a recognition seal and/or awards.
Nearly 300 campuses, enrolling more than 4 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.