The Big Question: How do students continue to develop their political awareness and democratic understanding while enrolled in higher education?
Why this initiative?: Beyond efforts at getting students to vote, it's unclear whether institutions help prepare students to be politically engaged. In response, this initiative focuses on how students continue to develop their political identities in college.
What's new?: Through extensive interviews with students on a range of campuses across the country, this study builds on the Model of College Student Political Identity Development. The model helps researchers and educators think through the different ways that students experience college and how that influences their political awareness and democratic understanding.
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What's the goal?: The more students and more campuses we get to engage with, the stronger the model gets. As the model improves, we plan to use it as a guiding framework to build programs that institutions can use to improve their ability to help students develop their political identity.