11/6/2018 3:06:00 PM Indiana State among best colleges for student voting, Washington Monthly says
Indiana State University has been selected by Washington Monthly as one of 132 of the nation’s best college for student voting.
A part of “The College Guide and Rankings,” which rates colleges and universities on their contributions to social mobility, research and public service, this is a first-ofits- kind list of the schools doing the most to turn students into citizens.
“One of the most important roles of a state university is to prepare our graduates to be fully engaged citizens. Indiana State takes this responsibility very seriously,” said Nancy Rogers, Indiana State vice president for University Engagement.
This fall, Indiana State has undertaken a campus-wide campaign to encourage students to register to vote either on-campus or in their home communities.
For the past several weeks, university officials have been focused on encouraging voter turnout and providing students opportunities to interact with candidates and learn about their positions on important issues. “We are thrilled to be able to host a vote center on the ISU campus and grateful to the Vigo County Clerk’s Office for their support of the center,” Rogers said. “For many students, this is their first opportunity to vote in a federal election. We believe if we can help get them to the election center this year, they will become lifelong voters.
Our democracy is best served when more — rather then fewer — people vote.”
Carly Schmitt, assistant professor of political science and faculty sponsor of the ISU American Democracy Project, said the designation “is an indication of the significant efforts undergone by the campus community to develop student voter engagement.”
In a news release, Washington Monthly authors stated, “Since voting habits tend to crystallize in young adulthood — vote in one election, and you’re far more likely to do so again — colleges and universities have an unparalleled opportunity to create voters not just for the next election, but for life.”Indiana State participates in The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, which offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates.
ISU also participates in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national, nonpartisan awards program recognizing colleges and universities for improving civic learning, political engagement and student votingrates. Other Indiana colleges on the list are Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis and Trine University.