TWU receives gold seal for excellence in student voter engagement
Nov. 12, 2019 — DENTON — At the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Texas Woman's University received a gold seal for achieving a student rate between 40% and 49%. A full list of seal awardees can be viewed here.
“TWU is proud to receive this national recognition for our efforts in our very first year," said Dr. Stephanie Krauth, associate vice president of student engagement. "Our campus community is committed to working together to reduce voter apathy, increase engagement and graduate civic-minded students prepared to solve our most pressing challenges.”
Student participation in elections has increased from the 2014 midterm election to the recent 2018 midterm election. According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (NSLVE), voter turnout at the more than 1,000 institutions participating in the study increased by 21 points from 19% to 40%. TWU's data reveals that its voting rate increased 28.2% from 2014 to 2018.
“We are excited to honor Texas Woman's University with an ALL IN Challenge gold seal in recognition of their intentional efforts to increase democratic engagement and full voter participation,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “More institutions like TWU are changing culture on campus by institutionalizing nonpartisan democratic engagement efforts that are resulting in the incredible student voter turnout rates that we’ve seen across the country.”
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan, national initiative recognizing and supporting campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus.
More than 560 campuses, enrolling more than 6.2 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.
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