To make real change it is critical for students, campus administrators and faculty, and election officials to work together and coordinate activities that engage and motivate student voters.
- Coalitions 101
- Institutionalizing Democratic Engagement
- Best Practices
- Voter Friendly Campus Report
- Strengthening American Democracy: A Guide for Developing an Action Plan to Increase Civic Learning, Political Engagement, and Voting Rates Among College Students
- Students Learn, Students Vote Checklist
Students Learn Students Vote
Higher education’s focus on civic and democratic engagement not only helps students understand their impact on those around them, it creates better students. Encouraging and assisting students to vote establishes participatory habits that last well beyond their collegiate experience. Incorporating democratic engagement into campus life creates structure and stability for students as they explore what their political beliefs are, and how they would like to engage in the democratic process. Each of the suggested activities is a successful best practice from partner institutions. Every academic institution has a different student population, administrative structure, and electoral regulations but the planning process and recommendations are easily adapted to any campus and reflect work with a range of two-year, four-year, public, and private institutions of higher education from an array of different states. Learn more about the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition here.
The college community is a place for students to seek information and become civically and politically engaged, but they often face practical hurdles that keep them from voting. College administrators play an important role in making sure students are empowered with the information they need to register and vote. The Higher Education Act also requires institutes of higher education to provide students with voter registration materials.