TWU students remain civically engaged, No. 7 in the state

Aug. 31, 2022 — DENTON — Once again, Texas Woman’s University has been included in Washington Monthly’s 2022 Best Colleges for Student Voting. 

This year’s honor roll recognized 230 schools out of a total of 850 that received consideration, which means that Texas Woman’s is more civically engaged than more than three-quarters of institutions considered for the honor roll. Only 10 institutions in Texas made the list with Texas Woman’s coming in at No. 7. The list is ordered by student voter registration rates.

According to Washington Monthly, ​​for the first time since the U.S. let 18-year-olds vote, more than half of all 18- to 24-year-olds cast ballots in the 2020 presidential election. The 51.4 percent of young people who voted eclipses the previous high from 2016 of 39.4 percent. 

Texas Woman’s renewed its commitment to promote civic engagement in recent years and is also part of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a requirement for ranking consideration in the Washington Monthly list. 

To make the student voting honor roll, universities had to submit 2020 and 2022 action plans to the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. Schools also needed to have signed up to receive data from the  National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), which calculates college-specific registration and voting rates. And they must have made their 2018 and 2020 NSLVE data available to the public.

The list relies on participation in programs such as ALL IN and NSLVE because raw turnout data is not available for all institutions.

Washington Monthly also included TWU in its 2022 list for the “Best Bang for the Buck in the South” and placed the university at 162nd overall among national universities based on its contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service.

For more information on how you can get involved or get registered to vote, check out Civic Engagement opportunities on campus, and be sure to mark your calendars for two upcoming events: Make a Sign, Stake A Sign in celebration of Constitution Day and  Elotes and Elections on National Voter Registration Day.


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