The Campus Democracy Challenge announced that 394 colleges and universities were recognized as part of the inaugural ALL IN Most Engaged Campuses for College Student Voting recognition program.
Missouri State University was one of only six universities in Missouri that earned this recognition.
This program recognizes participating institutions that worked to increase nonpartisan student voter registration, education and turnout and ensure equitable access to the polls for their campus community.
The Most Engaged Campuses for College Student Voting is part of ALL IN’s mission to advance voting efforts on college and university campuses across the country.
This year’s honorees span 44 states and the District of Columbia and include a diverse group of institutions, including 94 minority-serving institutions, 7 HBCUs, 63 at Hispanic-serving institutions and 68 community colleges.
Heightened youth voter turnout
This year represented the second highest youth voter turnout rate for a midterm election in the past 30 years.
“The research is clear: Colleges and universities that make intentional efforts to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement have higher campus voter registration and voter turnout rates,” said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, Executive Director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “Despite ongoing obstacles, these campuses have remained dedicated in their commitment to ensuring that their students are informed and confident voters.”
To qualify for this designation, the campuses met four core requirements:
- Participated in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.
- Shared a 2020 National Study of Learning Voting and Engagement Report with campus voting data with ALL IN.
- Developed and submitted a 2022 democratic engagement action plan with ALL IN.
- Have a current signatory to ALL IN’s Higher Education Presidents’ Commitment to Full Student Voter Participation.
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge empowers colleges and universities to achieve excellence in nonpartisan student democratic engagement. Campuses that join ALL IN complete a set of action items, with the support of ALL IN staff, to institutionalize nonpartisan civic learning, political engagement and voter participation on their campus.
ALL IN currently engages more than 9.7 million students from more than 960 institutions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.