Community Colleges in the News: Free Tuition, Transfers, and the White House

Posted in TDC Member Campus News on Aug 28, 2014

By Stephanie R. South Community Colleges in the News is a new monthly feature on the TDC blog in which we intend to future notable articles concerning concerning community colleges that were published during the last month. This month’s line-up: White House Hosts Community Colleges August 13, 2014 on Inside Higher Ed The Obama administration […]


CIRCLE’s New, Interactive State-by-State Map

Posted in TDC Partners & Friends on Aug 27, 2014

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator Our friends at CIRCLE—the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement—have recently launched a new, interactive state-by-state map for those interested in youth and electoral engagement. The map, which includes voter turnout and registration rates in midterm and presidential elections for citizens aged 18-29 and […]


UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS: New TDC #e214 User Guides Now Available

Posted in Updates & Announcements on Aug 26, 2014

By Stephanie R. South The Democracy Commitment is pleased to share with our members new Engage the Election 2014 (hashtag #e214) resources, including three new user guides regarding voter registration drives, candidate forums, and get-out-the-vote (GOTV). These guides can be accessed using the links below: Voter Registration Drives Candidate Issue Forums Get Out the Vote […]


REMINDER: TDC/ADP Seek Applications for Economic Inequality Initiative

Posted in TDC Action Alert on Aug 21, 2014

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator This is just a reminder…. TDC and ADP are seeking a small cohort of two- and four-year member institutions to join us in a three-year initiative to understand the impact of economic inequality on our democracy. The goal of this initiative is to help students think about and […]


TDC Partners & Friends: NICD’s Respect or Reject Campaign

Posted in TDC Partners & Friends on Aug 20, 2014

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator The National Institute for Civil Discourse is trying to put civility back into political campaigns, and to that end, they are debuting a new project after Labor Day—the Respect or Reject Campaign. The Democracy Commitment is partnering up with NICD to spread the word because we believe this […]


REMINDER: Constitution Day Less Than a Month Away

Posted in Updates & Announcements on Aug 19, 2014

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator In less than a month, The Democracy Commitment will join the rest of the United States in commemorating the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787. Although educational institutions in the United States that receive federal funding must observe Constitution […]


What We’re Watching: How Democracy Works Now (Available on Netflix)

Posted in What We're Watching on Aug 14, 2014

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator So, we may not actually be watching it right now, but it is in our Netflix queue for this weekend. In the summer of 2001, filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini set out to make a film about the “story of how a great think thank becomes a […]


Help TDC Recruit New Members; Pass This Along

Posted in TDC Action Alert on Aug 13, 2014

By Stephanie R. South, TDC National Coordinator The Democracy Commitment has grown to 78 members with some 200 campuses across 21 states, and we are looking to continue to expand. In the annual update that TDC Co-Founder and De Anza College President Brian Murphy recently distributed to all member presidents,  he encouraged each of them […]


TDC Event: Minnesota ADP/TDC/CC Civic Summit

Posted in TDC Events on Aug 12, 2014

Courtesy of the American Democracy Project; see the original posting here. Ten years ago, St. Cloud State University (Minn.) hosted one of the first collaborative regional conferences of AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and Minnesota Campus Compact. Today, civic engagement is more widely recognized as a strategy for supporting students’ academic success and preparation for […]


REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS: AASCU/New York Times Education Toolkit

Posted in TDC Opportunities for Members on Aug 7, 2014

Courtesy of the American Democracy Project The host of The Democracy Commitment’s national headquarters and the American Democracy Project’s (ADP) parent organization, The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), has partnered with The New York Times education division to create a toolkit that will demonstrate how instructors at AASCU institutions and TDC member […]