College of the Canyons recognized among best colleges for student votingBrianna Bricker December 3, 2018 0 COMMENTS
College of the Canyons was recognized by Washington Monthly magazine as one of America’s “Best Colleges for Student Voting” for its commitment to inspiring students to vote and actively participate in community decisions.
The magazine highlighted more than 140 institutions around the country in an effort to document colleges’ and universities’ efforts in promoting collegiate civic engagement.
“Just as citizens have a responsibility to vote, we have a responsibility to promote civic engagement among the next generation,” Faculty Director of Civic and Community Engagement Patty Robinson said. “We are proud to be recognized by this report and we are proud of our students who are participating in the democratic process.”
On many college and university campuses, less than half of eligible student voters exercise their democratic right to cast a ballot in presidential elections, according to Washington Monthly.
During election seasons, College of the Canyons hosts discussion panels and distributes nonpartisan materials that provide additional information on propositions and candidates. The school also participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, which provides colleges and universities with data on student registration and voting rates.
In addition, College of the Canyons participates in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national, nonpartisan awards program recognizing colleges and universities for improving civic learning, political engagement, and student voting rates. As a part of this initiative, students, faculty and staff have worked together to develop and implement an action plan to increase voting and civic engagement.