About 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.

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The goal of the American Democracy Project is to produce college and university graduates who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences they need to be informed, engaged members of their communities. More than 250 AASCU institutions are currently participating in ADP from 46 states plus the District of Columbia.

Since its inception, ADP has organized 15 national and 18 regional meetings; a series of national  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, speaker series, and award programs.

ADP @ Missouri State University

American Democracy Project initiatives are housed under the Office of Public Affairs Support and the citizenship division of the Office of Citizenship and Service-Learning (CASL).  As departments under the Public Affairs and Assessment unit, staff members work hand-in-hand to ensure that Missouri State University’s participation in the ADP initiatives align with the university’s Public Affairs mission.