CCAC receives bronze seal for excellence in student voter engagement
PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County has been awarded a Bronze Seal for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for having a student voting rate between 50 and 59 percent. CCAC achieved a rate of 58.4 percent in the 2016 election.
The All IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program that encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship and to make democratic participation a core value on their campus. By joining the Challenge, campuses commit to:
• Convening a campus-wide committee that includes members from academic affairs, student affairs, and the student body, as well as any other relevant stakeholders;
• Developing and implementing an action plan to improve democratic engagement;
• Participating in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) in order to measure student voting rates; and
• Sharing their campus’ action plan and NSLVE results in order to be eligible for a recognition seal and/or awards.
“CCAC is honored to receive this national recognition,” said Mary Frances Archey, executive director for Strategic College Initiatives. “Our faculty, staff, administrators and students are committed to working together to reduce apathy, increase engagement and graduate civic-minded students prepared to solve the community’s, the nation’s and the world’s most pressing challenges related to enhancing democracy and social justice.”
The awards were announced at the first-ever ALL IN Awards Ceremony held in October in Washington, D.C., to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates. Other institutions receiving awards included: Alvernia University, Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, California University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, James Madison University, Labette Community College, Penn State University Park, Sauk Valley Community College, Texas A & M University–Central Texas, and University of Texas at Austin.
“I am proud to honor the Community College of Allegheny County with an ALL IN Challenge Bronze seal in recognition of their dedication, hard work and achievement,” said Zaneeta E. Daver, director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “CCAC is not only ensuring that a more representative population participates in our nation’s democracy, but is educating students to be civic-minded. They are an example to be emulated.”
More than 300 colleges, enrolling nearly four million students have joined the Challenge since its launch in the summer of 2016.
For more information, contact Mary Frances Archey, executive director for Strategic College Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.