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American Democracy Project: Getting Started

"Preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy."

What is the ADP?

"The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The project began in 2003 as an 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 graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities. The 240 participating colleges and universities, as members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, have been described as 'Stewards of Place.' As today’s undergraduates complete their studies and return to their communities, universities must prepare the next generation of citizens to become tomorrow’s 'Stewards of Place.'"

Taken from the American Democracy Project website,

A Video Explanation of the ADP

Karen Booth, Coordinator Service Learning and Bernard Roy, Associate Professor of Philosophy talk about the American Democracy Project.

What is The Democracy Commitment?

"The Democracy Commitment (TDC) is a national initiative providing a platform for the development and expansion of community college programs, projects and curricula aiming at engaging students in civic learning and democratic practice across the country.

The goal of TDC is that every graduate of an American community college shall have had an education in democracy. This includes all of our students, whether they aim to transfer to university, achieve an associate degree or obtain a certificate.

Our declaration states our dedication to the cause of democracy in higher education and to make democratic ideals available to all individuals who desire a voice and a seat at the table of local, state and national democracy."

Taken from The Democracy Commitment website:

The ADP is partnering with its sister organization, The Democracy Commitment (TDC), to bring together four-year and two-year institutions committed to civic engagement.

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