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Institute for Democracy & Higher Education

IDHE Report: Why Elections Matter and What Campuses Can Do Now

The Institute for Democracy & Higher Education distills some of its research knowledge, expertise, and perspectives into IDHE Reports that address pressing issues in democracy and in higher education. The reports offer valuable insights for leaders and educators who are committed to improving colleges students’ political learning and engagement. 

In this IDHE Report, we explore higher education’s responsibility and opportunities to use elections as a teachable moment for meaningful political learning and engagement. We challenge colleges and universities to increase their commitment to civic learning and engagement in democracy. and outline priorities that can inform how they work with students to engage in substantive discussions about political issues within American democracy, educate students about the technical aspects of voting, and create a celebratory climate in election seasons.