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2016-2018 Voter Friendly Campus Designation End-of-Year Reports

6/13/2016 - 1/27/2017


Voter Friendly Campus Designation Final Reports

Supported by NASPA and
Fair Elections Legal Network's Campus Vote Project 

Higher education’s focus on civic engagement not only helps students to better understand their impact on those around them, it creates better students. Encouraging and assisting your students to vote will establish participatory habits that will last well beyond their collegiate experience. Incorporating democratic engagement into campus life creates structure and stability for students as they explore what their political beliefs are, and how they would like to engage in the democratic process.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 requires institutions to distribute voter registration forms to their students. However, beyond that, instructions and guidance are vague. The Campus Vote Project and Young Invincibles have created a more measurable (and manageable) set of guidelines for schools to follow to create a more voter-friendly campus.

NASPA is proud to partner with the Campus Vote Project to offer this opportunity to institutions interested in engaging students, faculty, administration, and community partners in the democratic process.  This program is endorsed by our colleagues at the American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment, and Young Invincibles


Campus reports are due January 27, 2017

Voter Friendly Campus Designation announced March 2017.

Note: Designation will be valid March 2017 - December 2018.


Report Format

When uploading your report, this should be a cohesive document that assesses your Campus Plan from inception to today and future areas of engagement.  When formatting this can be uploaded as a PDF, PowerPoint, etc. We request that all final reports include the bolded categories below. Also, include institution name and the names of Coalition Members compiling information.  

 A strong campus report should include but is not limited to: 

  • Overview: What were the main goals your campus had for carrying out democratic engagement in 2016 (refer to your campus’ Voter Friendly Campus plan)? Did your campus meet these goals? Why or why not?

  • Coalition: How did your coalition function throughout the fall semester? Why was your coalition effective or not effective? How will it change for  continued Democratic Engagement work; particularly focused on mid-term elections
    • What other partners did you work with internally or externally? What was their role?

  • Analysis of your work: For campus plans, we asked you to cover how you planned on fulfilling the four buckets of work for a well-rounded democratic engagement. Please describe how each of these programs were actualized, if they were successful, and what you learned.
    • Voter registration: How did your campus register students? How many students did you register?
    • Voter education: How did you provide students nonpartisan voting information?
    • Ballot access: How did  you make sure students had access to the ballot? What were the advantageous and hurdles to students at your institution having access to the ballot?
    • Voter turnout: How did you encourage your students to vote on or before election day?
  • Successes: What are your institution's top successes (up to 3) of your democratic engagement efforts in 2016?
  • Barriers: What are your institution's barriers (up to 3) faced in implementing democratic engagement work in 2016?
  • Beyond 2016: Local and state elections, legislative issues, and other democratic engagement activities should take place year round. Looking into 2017 and future years, how do you plan on continuing to engage and education students about the democratic process?
  • NSLVE Data: When you receive your campuses’ NSLVE report, what plans are in place with your coalition to evaluate this data and to assess future initiatives?
  • Photos and Stories: Share your favorite photos and stories with us from the election!

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