National Recognition for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement
The University of Minnesota Crookston was recently recognized at the first-ever ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony, held October 19 in Washington D.C. to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates. The U of M Crookston earned two Best in Class awards for having the highest and most improved student voting rates within the four-year, small, public institution category. UMC also earned a Bronze Seal for achieving a student voting rate of 57.5%, an increase of 7.6 percent from 2012 and 7% higher than the national average of all colleges and universities. (Rates were calculated by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE).)
More than 30 awards were announced at the event, which took place at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum. A full list of award winners can be viewed online at www.allinchallenge.org/awards-ceremony.
Across the country, student participation in elections has increased in the past few years. A recent report, “Democracy Counts: A Report on U.S. College and University Student Voting” from Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy in Higher Education, shows that between the 2012 presidential election, and the 2016 presidential election, student voting went from 45.1% of eligible voters in 2012 to 48.3% in 2016 – a 7% improvement. The report can be found online at http://idhe.tufts.edu/nslve/2016.
The All IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus. Nearly 300 campuses, enrolling more than 4 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.