CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
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Higher Education

This series of research products addresses higher education’s role in facilitating youth civic engagement, as well the engagement of young people who attend college.

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Crucial Role for Higher Ed in Building Youth Civic Engagement

There are deep inequalities in youth civic knowledge and participation across socioeconomic levels that must be addressed to strengthen our democracy, and there is a vital role for universities and other institutions of higher education, not only in promoting youth engagement, but also closing this gap.

November 18th, 2013
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Civics, digital badges and alternative assessment: Preparing students to be engaged citizens

With support from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, CIRCLE has released a working paper that explores digital badges and alternative assessments for civic skills, knowledge, and dispositions. This working paper, entitled “New and Alternative Assessments, Digital Badges, and Civics: An Overview of Emerging Themes and Promising Directions,considers digital badges as well as ePortfolios, rubrics, Read More >

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March 27th, 2013
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Education Gap Persists: 66% of youth with any college experience turned out to vote, 35% of youth with no college experience

Previous research has shown a strong correlation between college experience and political engagement. About 40 percent of young eligible voters between the age of 18 to 29 have not attended college. Our recent report, That’s Not Democracy: How Out-of-School Youth Engage in Civic Life and What Stands In Their Way, shows they are interested in Read More >

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November 15th, 2012
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College Students Registered to Vote Turned Out at 87% in 2008

Young people who are enrolled in college (37% of the 18-to-24 year-old population in 2012) are more likely to vote than the national youth average.[i] College students are highly likely to turn out to vote if they are registered. In the 2008 election, 70% of current college students were registered to vote, and 87% of Read More >

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April 25th, 2012
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DemocracyU Wants You

A new website called DemocracyU has launched to highlight the inspiring work that engaged students like you are achieving at universities, colleges and communities across the country. The site will include students’ personal stories of off-campus activities as well as discussion and debate on the evolving role of university and college students in engaging in Read More >

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December 9th, 2011
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