July 12, 2016
Contact: Kristen Muthig
NASPA and CVP kick off “Voter Friendly Campus” designation with 100 institutions
Washington, DC – Nearly 100 campuses committed to the new Voter Friendly Campus designation program which will guide colleges and universities as they educate and encourage students to register and vote. As sponsors of this nonpartisan project, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the Campus Vote Project (CVP) will promote student democratic engagement on campuses throughout 2016. By participating in this program, these institutions are making a strong statement about the civic mission of higher education to prepare students to be engaged participants in our democracy.
“The Voter Friendly Campus designation represents our commitment to providing environments in which students can thrive,” said NASPA President Kevin Kruger. “We are proud to have 100 institutions that recognize the importance of student engagement and we are excited about the number of students that the project will serve.”
NASPA and CVP will collaborate with administrators, faculty, and students at participating campuses from now until the general election. The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process. Campus representatives will participate in trainings to develop and implement strategic plans for how to foster a culture of democratic engagement among students. Institutions that complete the program will be evaluated in early 2017 and awarded the Voter Friendly Campus designation through December 2018.
“The Voter Friendly Campus program is an extension of Campus Vote Project’s mission to encourage administrators and faculty to help students register and vote,” said Mike Burns, national director of Campus Vote Project. “This program will provide the necessary tools and guide campuses through the process of engaging students in the presidential election and for years to come.”
Motivating students to register and vote establishes civic 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.
The institutions undertaking the designation process this year represent a wide range of two-year, four-year, public, private, rural, and urban campuses, with a total enrollment of nearly 1.5 million students.
NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Our work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. territories.
The Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) is a national, nonpartisan election reform organization working to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies and improve election administration. FELN’s Campus Vote Project (CVP) works with universities, community colleges, faculty, students and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting and helps campuses institutionalize reforms that empower students with the information they need to register and vote.