Goals of the American Democracy Project 

The project targets undergraduates enrolled at institutions that are members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The project grows out of a concern about decreasing rates of participation in civic life among Americans in the areas of voting, advocacy, local grassroots associations, and other forms of civic engagement that are necessary for the vitality of our democracy.


The goals of the project are as follows: 

  1. focus the attention of policy makers and opinion leaders on the civic value of the college experience; 
  2. create a national conversation among many campuses about the theory and practice of civic engagement; 
  3. develop institutional commitment by involving senior administrators, faculty, staff and students through a core institutional mission and purpose that focuses on civic engagement as a learning outcome for undergraduates; 
  4. initiate new projects, courses, teaching strategies and other programs to increase civic engagement; 
  5. assess the impact of this project in contributing to greater civic engagement among undergraduate students; 
  6. increase the number of undergraduate students who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful civic actions; and 
  7. disseminate models that demonstrate results to a wide audience of higher education institutions, individuals, and policy makers.