ADP's purpose is to create opportunities for intellectual and experiential understanding of civic engagement for students enrolled at UCM. The project focuses on the development of informed graduates who are committed to lives of engagement as citizens in our democracy. The project grows out of a concern about decreasing rates of participation in the civic life of America in voting, in advocacy, in local grassroots associations, and in other forms of civic engagement that are necessary for the vitality of our democracy. The American Democracy project rests on a core belief…that civic engagement is critical for the preservation and vitality of American democracy.
- Increase the number of students who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful civic actions
- Focus the attention of policy makers and opinion leaders on the civic value of the college experience.
Our Activities and Design
- Participate in the national conversation about the theory and practice of civic engagement;
- Develop institutional commitment by involving senior administrators, faculty, staff and students; by addressing core institutional mission and purpose; and by focusing on civic engagement as a learning outcome for undergraduates;
- Encourage and promote existing and initiate new projects, courses and teaching strategies, extracurricular programs, and other programs to increase civic engagement, supported by the national project office;
- Measure the civic engagement outcomes of students and assess the impact of this project in contributing to greater civic engagement outcomes; and;
- Share our models and practices with other higher education institutions, individuals, and policy makers.