History of the American Democracy Project

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 229 participating colleges and universities design programs focused on advocating on knowledge and understanding through civic engagement and research.

Since its inception, ADP has hosted six national and twelve regional meetings, a national assessment project, and hundreds of campus initiatives including voter education and registration, curriculum revision and projects, campus audits, specific days of action and reflection (MLK Day of Service, Constitution Day, Make a Difference Day), speaker series, and many recognition and award programs for students and faculty.

For More Information about AASCU

American Democracy Project, New York Times Knowledge Network