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American Democracy Project

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The American Democracy Project at UNI 

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a network of more than 260 state colleges and universities focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. ADP was established in 2003 as a nonpartisan initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in partnership with The New York Times.  

The goal of the American Democracy Project is to produce college and university graduates who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences that will equip them to be informed, engaged members of their communities. 

Since its inception, ADP has hosted 14 national and 18 regional meetings, a series of national civic engagement in action initiatives, a national assessment project, and hundreds of campus initiatives including voter education and registration, curriculum revision projects, campus audits, special days of action and reflection (e.g., MLK Day of Service,  Constitution Day), speaker series and many recognition and award programs.