Why Institutions Should Expand Voter Registration Efforts to High Schools
According to the U.S. Census Bureau statistics, only 33% of young voters between the ages of 18-24 voted in the 2016 general elections. While we as educators in institutions of higher education do need to focus on voter registration and voter education on our campuses, research conducted by M.N. Franklin (Voter Turnout and the Dynamics of Electoral Competition in Established Democracies since 1945) shows that the voter turnout rate when a cohort first becomes eligible to vote has long-term impact. He also shares that young voters are unlikely to vote since they frequently lack knowledge of politics and also become eligible to vote at a time in their lives when they move from their familial homes (and thus are largely separated from older adults). Some like CIRCLE (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement) argue that one way to ameliorate this would be to target high school students in voter registration and education.
Supporting Diverse Viewpoints on Campus
With controversial speakers choosing to target our institutions and news media dissecting every political action done on a college campus we’ve already seen the potential for our campuses to be a means of furthering our divide, but the reality is that, with effort put in both inside and outside of the classroom our institutions can play a major part in rebuilding civility in our country.
Our City. Our Campus. Our Community.
Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) means promoting the education of students for engaged citizenship through democratic participation in their communities, respect and appreciation of diversity, applied learning and social responsibility. The CLDE focus area supports discussion, educational programming, and professional development to help student affairs professionals provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make a difference in their communities. To enhance and develop your understanding of CLDE, this focus area shares information from NASPA’s LEAD Initiative, knowledge communities, NASPA conferences and events, and research and publications.
Service Learning & Public Deliberation: Connecting Two Complementary forms of Civic Engagement
In the language of the CLDE Theory of Change, deliberative work is a valuable vehicle for developing a civic ethos, building civic literacy & skills, and engaging in civic inquiry to address social issues. Through the process of deliberation, it then moves participants toward civic agency (through joint decision making) and civic action (through implementation of proposed actions). Service-Learning, on the other hand, often starts with civic agency and civic action and then moves participants toward civic inquiry (through reflection), civic literacy & skills (through context & dialogue), and civic ethos (through democratic attitudes and habits).
#CLDE18 In Review
Our recent 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., brought together a great group of faculty, students, administrators, community partners and representatives from our national sponsor and partner organizations committed to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement through higher education. Read on for highlights of our time together.
NASPA Priorities for HEA Reauthorization
While there is much to celebrate in our national landscape of colleges and universities, years of state disinvestment and the diminishing purchasing power of federal grant programs have resulted in noticeable signs of wear. Our federal policy has failed to keep up with today’s more diverse student body, including many adults shouldering responsibility for not only their own education, but also that of their children, resulting in a system of financial aid and regulations that are ill-suited to meeting the needs of either today’s students or the American taxpayer. The reauthorization of Higher Education Act (HEA) presents an opportunity to correct that course and fulfill both the promise and the responsibility of the federal government to today’s students. In this post, NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds provides background on HEA and identifies priorities for NASPA in reauthorization.