ADP along with Metropolitan State University of Denver were honored last week at the first ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Awards Ceremony. More than 40 ADP campuses also earned seals of achievement.
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By Mike Patterson, Director of Student Activities and Shala Mills, Assistant Vice President for Graduate and Extended Learning (and ADP Steering Committee Member), SUNY New Paltz
The State University of New York at New Paltz received some good news in the 2012 and 2016 NSLVE Report-State University of New York at New Paltz. The data from Tufts University’s National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) showed an 8.2% increase in the voting rate among students at the university between 2012 and 2016. Voter registration rates for SUNY New Paltz students rose from 77.5% to 83.6% in that time frame, and 2/3 of those registered voters reported voting. The 2016 voting rate for SUNY New Paltz students was 56%, nearly 6% higher than the voting rate for all institutions.
This was welcome news on a campus where student involvement in civic life has long been a core value. In 1985 the university, in partnership with the Student Association, secured a polling site on campus. Despite some local challenges to student voting in 2000, the campus polling site has remained on campus, facilitating the ability of students to exercise the right to vote. But it takes more than a polling place to get students engaged in the electoral process. The college informs students of their voter registration options at orientation programs, sends campus wide announcements every semester, and hosts voter appreciation events.
The New Paltz Student Association funds a coordinator for the local chapter of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). Coordinator, Eric Wood, also coordinates voter registration efforts on campus, setting up tables in the student union, speaking to classes about the value of voter registration, and collecting voter registration cards and delivering them to the county board of elections. The League of Women Voters also leads voter registration efforts on campus, as do some other external organizations. Candidate forums and other programs offered by political parties and the board of elections help to increase student knowledge about local, state, and national issues and candidates. The student newspaper, The Oracle, runs articles and sometimes hosts forums. Over the years, some SUNY New Paltz students have, themselves, run for and even been elected to public office.
More than a decade after AASCU’s ADP released its best practices guide, “Electoral Voices: Engaging College Students in Elections,” campuses continue to work toward increased voter registration and voting rates among individuals in this unique and important segment of the population. Increases in voting rates are always cause for celebration.
On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, National Voter Registration Day, James Madison University officially launched it’s new James Madison Center for Civic Engagement.
The James Madison Center for Civic Engagement will provide critical support for the University’s efforts to be a national model for civic engagement and to advance the legacy of James Madison; ensure strategic visibility for the University’s civic engagement efforts; track and record curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular civic engagement activities; funnel data to and from different units on camps as a one-stop civic engagement resource center; and disseminate information broadly to both internal and external constituents.
More than 50 guests — faculty, staff and students — gathered in Madison Union to hear remarks from inaugural executive director and associate professor of political science Abe Goldberg; JMU president Jon Alger; ADP’s Jen Domagal-Goldman; the Center’s associate director, Bill Wilson; and student Samantha Cantrell from the student government association. Samantha and President Alger then registered a student to vote during the ceremony.
JMU has played an increasingly prominent role in our American Democracy Project and is being awarded one of AASCU’s three inaugural Civic Learning and Community Engagement Awards this fall. We look forward to continued collaborations with JMU and its new Center.
JMU and the new James Madison Center for Civic Engagement truly are Madison’s legacy. He was an ardent advocate for higher education and wrote in an 1822 letter, “Learned institutions throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty….What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable than that of liberty and learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support.”
Liberty and learning do indeed go hand-in-hand and we at ADP look forward to watching both flourish at JMU.
Our partners at the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge have another great webinar to offer you!
WORKING WITH YOUR LOCAL ELECTION OFFICE
Tuesday, October 24 | 2:00 PM EST | 60 minutes
Though referred to by different names in different states, all communities have local elections offices and officials. These nonpartisan organizations (i.e., election board, supervisor of elections office, election commission) and their staff are responsible for controlling elections and voting procedure. Unfortunately this local resource sometimes goes unrecognized by college campuses working to increase student voter engagement. Developing a strong relationship with your local election office and officials is integral to this work.
In this webinar, speakers will share their knowledge and insights from working on college campuses, working with election boards, and working for the government encouraging citizen participation. Webinar participants will learn why developing a strong relationship with their local board is important, how to develop that relationship, and how to collaborate to increase participation. The presenters will also discuss challenges campuses face when trying to work with their local board and how to navigate and overcome those obstacles.
- Marissa Corrente, Elections Coordinator, Early Voting/Special Events, Office of Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections
- Kevin Winchell, Associate Director of Community Engagement, Stetson University
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MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (Sept. 20, 2017) — College and university students voted at a higher rate in 2016 than in 2012, according to a study from Tufts University’s Tisch College, which today released an analysis of the voting patterns of millions of students. In the wake of the most divisive national election in recent history, and at a time of vigorous debates on campuses about free speech and activism, this first-of-its-kind study sheds light on the political engagement of nearly 10 million students on over 1,000 campuses in all 50 states.
Overall college-student turnout increased by more than three percentage points—from 45.1% to 48.3%—from 2012 to 2016. Compared to the general U.S. population of 18 to 24-year-olds, college-student turnout was somewhat higher in both 2012 and 2016 and increased slightly more between elections. The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) at Tufts’ Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life examines the de-identified voting records of nearly half of all degree-seeking college students in the country and is demographically similar to the overall population enrolled in higher education.
Major research findings include:
- Turnout rose: Overall, NSLVE students voted at a higher rate in 2016 than 2012 by about three percentage points, rising from 45.1% to 48.3%. Relative to the turnout of the general U.S. population of 18 to 24-year-olds, college-student turnout was somewhat higher in both election years and increased slightly more between elections.
- Women voted more, but gender gap did not widen: In general, women tend to vote at higher rates than men, and this was true in 2016 among students in the NSLVE study. However, the gender gap was not significantly larger in 2016 than in 2012. Women voted at rates nearly seven percentage points higher than men in both elections.
- Hispanic and Asian turnout up; Black turnout down from a high baseline:Turnout increases were especially large among Hispanic and Asian students, but Black student turnout decreased by five percentage points, albeit from a high baseline in 2012. Hispanic college students voting increased seven percentage points: 38.9% (2012) to 45.9% (2016).
- Social science majors voted at significantly higher rates than STEM majors:Voting rates increased in all academic fields of study, but students majoring in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) voted at the lowest rate. In 2016, students majoring in social sciences voted at 53.2% compared to STEM majors, who voted at 43.6%
- State and regional differences emerged: On average, at the state level, voting rates at institutions in New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania tended to increase the most, and institutions in Georgia, Wisconsin, and Mississippi had the largest declines.
“College and university students can shape our politics, our policies, and our nation’s future, and voting is one important way they engage. While we are encouraged by the increase in voting rates on many campuses in 2016, students still lag behind other groups, and we continue to see disparities across geography, age, gender, fields of study, and particularly race and ethnicity,” says Nancy Thomas, Director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College, which runs the NSLVE study. “Colleges and universities carry the potential and the responsibility to create environments that encourage civic and political engagement and cultivate in students the knowledge, skills, and commitment they need for lifelong participation in our shared democracy.”
In the coming months, the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education will be using NSLVE data to examine important factors in campus political learning and voting, including changes to election laws, technical barriers to voting, campus climate and student activism, gender, racial and socioeconomic diversity, and campaign outreach, issues, and messaging.
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The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) is a study of U.S. college and university student voting. Currently, the database consists of de-identified records for 9,511,711 and 9,784,931 students enrolled at the time of the 2012 and 2016 elections, respectively. These students attended 1,023 higher education institutions in the U.S. across all 50 states. Participating institutions give NSLVE permission for their student enrollment records to be matched with public voting records, yielding precise data on their students’ turnout. NSLVE is the signature initiative of Tisch College’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE). The Institute seeks to shift institutional priorities, practices, and culture to strengthen democracy and advance social and political equity. Learn more: https://idhe.tufts.edu/nslve and @TuftsIDHE.
The only university-wide college of its kind, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Lifeoffers transformational student learning and service opportunities, conducts groundbreaking research on young people’s civic and political participation, and forges innovative community partnerships. Its work is guided by two core beliefs: that communities, nations and the world are stronger, more prosperous, and more just when citizens actively participate in civic and democratic life; and that higher education has a responsibility to develop the next generation of active citizens. Learn more: http://tischcollege.tufts.edu and @TischCollege.
Tufts University located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized as one of the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs across the university’s schools is widely encouraged.