New Funding Available from Bringing Theory to Practice
First Deadline: August 1, 2015
Founded in 2003, Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) encourages and supports colleges and universities in developing sustainable campus cultures that reaffirm higher education’s core purposes:
Advancing higher learning and discovery
Fostering the well-being of the whole student
Serving as a public good to deepen and sustain a civic society
Does the Age of a Presidential Candidate Matter to Young Voters?
As more contenders enter the next presidential race, CIRCLE continues looking ahead to 2016 and exploring the role that youth will play in that election. With candidates ranging in age from 43 (Marco Rubio) to 73 (Bernie Sanders) already among the declared aspirants, we explored an oft-asked question: do young people prefer to vote for younger candidates?
The answer is, largely, no. In 2008, less than 20% of young voters (ages 18-29) said that age was an important factor, and very few reported that it was “the single most important factor” in deciding their vote: only 6% of young Democrats and 4% of Republicans. While youth have voted for the younger of the presidential candidates in a majority of recent elections, those younger candidates have also generally been Democrats, which means the age of candidates is tied to other factors.
America’s Civic Renewal Movement: Implications for Youth Engagement
Last month, Tisch College—the home of CIRCLE—released “America’s Civic Renewal Movement: The View from Organizational Leaders,” a report by former CIRCLE Director Peter Levine and Eric Liu, founder and CEO of Citizen University. The report is the product of interviews with 20 leaders from large, national civic engagement organizations who discussed the state of the field and broader strategies for civic renewal.
While the interviews did not focus on youth, its findings are highly relevant to youth engagement. Young people are developing their civic identities when there is not yet a robust network for civic renewal, and several interviewees lamented the lack of youth in formal settings, such as facilitating conversations.
Campus Compact’s Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.
Congratulations to the following 46 students from AASCU/ADP colleges and universities who have been named Newman Civic Fellows for 2015 by Campus Compact! You may click on each name to read a description of their accomplishments.
- Ashley Ebel, Alfred State College
- Laura Stevens, Bluefield State College
- Madison Georgoff, Bowling Green State University
- Daisy Carranza, California State University – Channel Islands
- Evelyn Gonzalez, California State University – Fresno
- Jasmine Cofield, Central Michigan University
- Emma Green, Florida Gulf Coast University
- Brenna Johnson, Fort Hays State University
- Ashlyn Douglas, Georgia College
- Christopher Halberstadt, Indiana University East
- Ryan Mahan, Keene State College
- Khylil Chestnut, Kennesaw State University
- Ama Bemma Adwetewa -Badu, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
- Ricardo Tonatiuh Rocha, Metropolitan State University of Denver
- Anyae Broomer, Millersville University
- Aubrey Snedeker, Missouri State University
- Lacey Mogan, Montana State University Billings
- Joseph Vernon, Montana State University-Northern
- Kori Dyer, Montana Tech
- Melissa Orzechowski, North Michigan University
- Randiss Hopkins, Northern Illinois University
- Josi Hasenauer, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
- Monica McKeon, Plymouth State University
- Victoria DeMan, Purdue University North Central
- Raleigh Jobes, Rogers State University
- Lavell Simpkins, Shippensburg University
- Benjamin Bourgoin, St. Cloud State University
- Abby Golfo, SUNY Geneseo
- Amber Mills, The Citadel
- Sarah Whitmire, UNC Charlotte
- Amelia Klug, University of Central Florida
- Christopher Dowling, University of Central Oklahoma
- Donna Scaffidi, University of Massachusetts Boston
- Gabrielle Monteiro, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
- Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, University of Missouri – St. Louis
- Kaila Athearn, University of Montana Western
- Brieland Fripp, University of Nebraska at Omaha
- Rachel Glazer, University of North Georgia
- Michael Caraway, University of Northern Iowa
- Anthony Cuevas, University of South Carolina Beaufort
- Julie Holt, University of South Carolina Upstate
- Jeanine Ashforth, University of South Florida Sarasota – Manatee
- Alexa Morgan, University of Wisconsin – Parkside
- Jeremy Fricke, Wayne State College
- Kristen Mitchell, Weber State University
- Audriana Blackwell, Western Connecticut State University
Here is an opportunity that you won’t want to miss. In 2013, Tufts University and CIRCLE launched a national study of college student voting rates called the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). Nearly 600 campuses are currently participating, and we encourage your institution to join the study as well. This opportunity is free, confidential, easy, and protective of your students’ privacy.
In 2012 a call to action went out to the higher education community with the publication of “A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future.” The report lays out specific steps “to make college students’ civic learning and democratic engagement a pervasively embraced educational priority and a resource for democracy.” The national conversation that followed was only the first step.
The next step is using programs like NSLVE to evaluate which strategies to increase student democratic engagement are most effective so they can be supported and spread to as many campuses as possible.
NSLVE provides you with an unprecedented opportunity to learn in aggregate numbers:
- how many of your students are eligible to register to vote,
- how many registered and voted,
- where your students voted (locally or out-of-state),
- the method your students voted (regular or absentee ballot), and
- voting rates broken down by specific demographic and academic information such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, field of study, and class level.
You will receive this information in a confidential report tailored for your institution. You can see a sample here.
To ensure that your students’ privacy rights are fully protected, NSLVE researchers work with de-identified student lists. Your registration and voting rates will be known only to NSLVE researchers and will remain confidential. Reports go to only one person on your campus, you or your designee.
Joining the study is easy. Simply complete this authorization form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is not a survey, and you do not need to compile student lists or records. For more information, see this FAQ or contact Ishara Casellas Connors, NSLVE associate director.
To receive your 2012 and 2014 voting rates, you must sign up by March 31, 2015.