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Explore our list of websites for additional resources and information for faculty/staff.

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)

The AACU's Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Webpage offers interrelated resources and professional development.

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A Crucible Moment

Report authored by the AACU's Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Task Force with Caryn McTighe Musil as lead author, includes a national call to action designed to make civic and democratic learning an expected outcome for every college student, and an integrated part of education from pre-school to professional schools.

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Democracy Counts: A Report on U.S. College and University Student Voting

Aggregating data from 1,023 higher education institutions and 9,784,931 student records, the 2016 NSLVE report shows that students voted at a higher rate in 2016 than 2012 by about three percentage points, rising from 45.1% to 48.3%. This report includes turnout data by demographic criteria, field of study, class year, age group, and more.

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Democracy Learning Channel

Campus Compact and panOpen, a learning platform that supports institutional use of Open Educational Resources (OER), have launched the Democracy Learning Channel (DLC), an area within the panOpen platform dedicated to providing college instructors with openly accessible tools and guidance to advance student learning about democracy. Materials provided through DLC will be organized around particular themes, ultimately creating a cross-disciplinary range of curated OER courses and individual modules focused on student civic learning. Courses and modules will include materials such as original and interpretive documents, prompts for projects and writing assignments, and guides for experiential learning activities. All materials will be available under Creative Commons licenses and will be free to use, share, and adapt for the classroom.

Democracy Learning Channel

Election Imperatives: Ten Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting and Improve Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy

Drawing from the Institute for Democracy in Higher Education's research on college student voting and the campus climates of highly politically engaged institutions, this report offers ten recommendations to increase student voting and to improve campus conditions for political learning, discourse, and agency during the election season and beyond.

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Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines

Teaching Civic Engagement Across the Disciplines evaluates the goals, challenges, and rewards of integrating civic education into the curriculum, highlighting best practices across disciplines and campuses. Published by the American Political Science Association, a free version of this book is available online.

View Teaching Civic Engagement Website