Campus Engagement

How Political Scientists Engage on Campus

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In these blog posts and articles, featured on, the Journal of Political Science Education, and PS: Political Science & Politics, political science faculty and students discuss their experiences and suggested strategies for encouraging civic engagement on campus. Links to new posts will be added as they are published.

Campus Plans, Models, and Resources

2018 NSLVE National Data Institute for Democracy & Higher Education
A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future Association of American Colleges & Universities, 2012
Coalitions 101: Students, College Administrators, Faculty and Election Officials Working Together to Overcome Barriers to Student Voting Campus Vote Project
Democracy Counts 2018: Increased Student and Institutional Engagement Institute for Democracy & Higher Education
Democracy's Future: Proposals to Expand Access to Registration and Voting for a New Generation Campus Vote Project
Democratic Engagement Action Plan Rubric Students Learn Students Vote
Engage 2020 Wesleyan University
Election Imperatives: Ten Recommendations to Increase College Voting and Improve Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy Institute for Democracy & Higher Education
Empowering Communities at the Ballot Box: How to Increase Voter Participation  Online MSW Programs
How to Vote: 7 Simple Steps for Ballot Beginners  Student Training & Education in Public Service
Institutionalizing Voter Engagement: A Guide to Developing and Adopting Handbook Language Campus Vote Project
National Resource Consortium on Full Student Voter Participation, Insights from January - June 2019
Power Civics Toolkit The Citizens Campaign
Strengthening American Democracy: A Guide for Developing an Action Plan to Increase Civic Learning, Political Engagement, and Voter Participation Among College Students Students Learn Students Vote
How to Vote: An Online Guide for Students and Other Election Newcomers STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service)
Voting Resource Center FindLaw
Civil Right to Vote LawInfo
Civic Responsibility Guide: Resources to Promote Civic Engagement
Concord Law School

Civic Engagement Groups


The below groups are also working to increase student registration, voting, and civic engagement in the lead up to the 2020 election and beyond. Each provides a wealth of additional resources from which political science faculty can draw from to use in and outside of the classroom.

Additional Teaching Resources

In recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed the ways students and faculty can civically engage, APSA has compiled a list of resources and responses from different civic engagement groups that may be helpful for faculty.

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