In order to increase democratic engagement on on college and university campuses, planning needs to be intentional and activities must be documented. One promising way in which this can be accomplished is through action planning. Action planning is a process that helps campus administrators, faculty, students, and community members focus ideas and decide what steps need to be taken to achieve institutional goals related to democratic engagement. The resulting document is the action plan which states what the goals are, and how and when they will be achieved. The action plan serves as an organizing document to increase efficiency and accountability, and makes the vision for change concrete.
In this webinar speakers will share a new set of guidelines for writing democratic engagement action plans established by the Students Learn, Students Vote Coalition. These guidelines, developed by experts, serve as set recommendations of what to include in a high quality action plan to increase student voting rates, to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and to make democratic participation a core value on campus. With a strong action plan, campuses can greatly improve engagement.