Making Sense of...Democracy Counts 2018

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In an effort to cut through the seemingly endless stream of news we're faced with, our office periodically releases short discussion guides, called "Making Sense of..."  These short pieces are meant 1) as a way to become quickly acquainted with an issue, 2) see what people are reading on the topic, and 3) as a way to begin a conversation, using some discussion framing questions.  These guides are meant for use by anyone, but in particular we encourage use by college faculty (in classrooms and in disciplinary clubs) and in co-curricular campus settings.

This special edition deals with NSLVE's national report, Democracy Counts 2018. We recognize that data reports can be difficult to navigate, and at times it may not always be clear how to even begin a dialogue on campus about such a large topic. Because of this, we thought a companion Making Sense of... guide would be a great starting point. Please use this guide as a starting point at your institution and share widely. If you have any questions or comments about this guide, please do reach out to our team at

Making Sense of - Democracy Counts 2018