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The Democracy Commitment is the leading national organization focused on the civic education of community college students.   To such an end, TDC  is an excellent source of information on community college curricular change, how community colleges are educating and engaging students in our democracy, and ensuring that community college voices are heard and do matter in our society.  TDC National Office aims to expand public and student civic knowledge and understanding. Welcome to the National Newsroom

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The quarterly newsletter from TDC’s National Office is published at least once every semester and contains updates on TDC’s latest work, announcements, opportunites, and news from member institutions.  See below for the most recent issues and archives of previous issues.

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Our national blog contains important news, updates, announcements, and opportunities from TDC National’s Office on a weekly basis.  Sign up for the mailing list to receive notifications when they posted and check it out frequently to stay up to date.  Contact the national director for opportunities to contribute.

Meeting in Review | Breaking Through: Increasing civic engagement before, during, and after elections

By Gabriel Arteaga, TDC National Manager Here at AASCU and at our TDC/ADP member institutions, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to increase our students’ interest in civic and political engagement. It is why last week’s convening of experts in technology, journalism, civics, and elections at the University of Texas at Austin for a one-day conference was…

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ADP/TDC Joint Initiative | Achieving the American Dream – Economic Inequality in the 2016 Presidential Election

  By Renee Baharaeen, AASCU Civic Engagement Intern and Truman State University Student With the upcoming 2016 presidential election approaching, several politicians have recently declared their candidacy for President of the United States. Although it is still early, it is important to pay attention to the ideas each candidate holds in regard to their vision for the country. A pressing…

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What We’re Reading | Research on Low Youth Turnout and Registration Rates

CIRCLE: The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement recently released an analysis of Millennial voter registration and turnout rates after the 2014 midterm election yielded the lowest number of ballots cast by 18-29 year-olds in U.S. history. Based upon data from the November 2014 midterm elections released from the United States Census, CIRCLE examined the “under-mobilization”…

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Reach for College! College Readiness Institute

By Renee Baharaeen, AASCU Civic Engagement Intern and Truman State University Student The College Readiness Institute – hosted in Washington, DC by Reach for College! – brought together educators and community organizers this past week to learn about preparing students for college success. The first day of the institute featured influential guest plenary speakers including Terry Reed (George Washington University),…

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FREE PUBLICATION | AAC&U’s Civic Prompts—Making Civic Learning Routine across the Disciplines

By Rebecca Keller, AASCU Civic Engagement Intern and Indiana University of Pennsylvania AASCU’s sister organization has produced a free publication entitled Civic Prompts: Making Civic Learning Routine across the Disciplines. This report suggests a need to 1) change the definition/current conception of civic learning, 2) more clearly articulate precisely what a “civic minded” institution is, and 3) ensure that all…

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#CLDE15 Meeting in Review: Leveraging Academic and Student Affairs Partnerships to Advance Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement

Our recent 2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting in New Orleans, La. brought together a collection of faculty, students, administrators, community partners and representatives from our national sponsor and partner organizations committed to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement through higher education. Collectively, we considered one of higher education’s civic missions: to act as stewards of the…

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