American Democracy Project

Centers and Institutes

American Democracy Project at Plattsburgh State

Mission Statement

“The American Democracy Project is a multi-campus initiative that seeks to create an intellectual and experiential understanding of civic engagement for undergraduates enrolled at institutions that are members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The goal of the project is to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy.” — American Association of State Colleges & Universities

The Democracy Project is a collaboration between AASCU and the New York Times.

Goals of the Project

“To create a national conversation among many campuses about the theory and practice of civic engagement; to develop institutional commitment by involving senior administrators, faculty, staff and students; by addressing core institutional mission and purpose; and by focusing on civic engagement as a learning outcome for undergraduates; to initiate new projects, courses and teaching strategies, extracurricular programs, and other programs to increase civic engagement, supported by the national project office; to measure the civic engagement outcomes of undergraduates on participating campuses, and assess the impact of this project in contributing to greater civic engagement outcomes; and; to disseminate the models that result to a wide audience of higher education institutions, individuals, and policy makers.” — American Association of State Colleges & Universities

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Getting Involved: What the American Democracy Project Means to You


  • Would you like to collaborate with a faculty member on a project?


  • Would you like to design a project for one of your courses?


  • Would you like to get a student involved with your community organization in an American Democracy Project?

Contact Information

If you would like to learn more about the Democracy Project at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Thomas Moran
Office: Hawkins Hall 233
Phone: (518) 564-3018