Bard Students Exceed National Voting Rate
The report contains findings from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an ongoing examination of student voting on U.S. college campuses. More than 1,000 public and private institutions participated in the study. Bard College was among them. In her introduction to the report, Institute director Nancy Thomas made the following comments:
Indeed, Bard College exemplifies this shift, hosting student-led initiatives like Election@Bard that actively encourage and facilitate campus and community electoral participation - driving voting registration and voter information, providing transportation to polling places, hosting watch parties, advocating for accessible polling, and fighting for voting rights.
“In recent years, we have seen a shift in institutional commitment by leaders and faculty away from apolitical civic learning and toward learning for the health and future of democracy, a task that is inherently political….More faculty across disciplines are talking with students about policy issues relating to their field and reminding students of their responsibilities to register and to vote...[I]nstitutions are shifting from elections as episodic flashpoints to embracing political learning, discussion, and equity as year-round educational objectives for all students.”
To reinforce and expand student awareness of local and national elections, CCE coordinates Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses; a robust offering of classes across departments that incorporate voting information, discussions about citizenship, and other forms of community engagement into extant curricula.
Visit Election@Bard to see how the team provides important information to students about upcoming elections. To read Democracy Counts 2018 in its entirety, click here.
Post Date: 10-30-2019