SUNY Geneseo has joined over a hundred fellow campuses of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in a national project designed to promote students' experience and understanding of civic engagement.
The American Democracy Project is a national initiative that aims to:
- create a national conversation among many campuses about the theory and practice of civic engagement;
- develop institutional commitment by involving senior administrators, faculty, staff and students; by addressing core institutional mission and purpose; and by focusing on civic engagement as a learning outcome for undergraduates;
- initiate new projects, courses and teaching strategies, extracurricular programs, and other programs to increase civic engagement, supported by the national project office;
- measure the civic engagement outcomes of undergraduates on participating campuses, and assess the impact of this project in contributing to greater civic engagement outcomes; and;
- disseminate the models that result to a wide audience of higher education institutions, individuals, and policy makers.
As it participates in the American Democracy Project, SUNY Geneseo will encourage students to engage not only in civic action but also in critical reflection on democracy itself, as it is practiced - or not practiced - both within and beyond America's borders. For democracy itself is a continuing project, an aspiration as much as a reality even in the world's "free" nations, and a project that is inconsistent with complacency or self-satisfaction.
The American Democracy Project is co-directed by a staff member of The New York Times, which has set aside a portion of its website for ADP and other civic-engagement news and information.