Survey Shows Students Value Being Part of Our Civic Polity

Survey Shows Students Value Being Part of Our Civic Polity
(Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP, File)

A recent study revealed that community college students who take political science classes are more likely to register to vote, turn out to vote, and understand constitutional checks and balances.

As a political science professor who cares deeply about civic health, political competence, and improving disparities in voter turnout, this finding is good news for democracy. It showcases how higher education can and does contribute to improving civic engagement among undergraduates. And while this community college data remains promising, it would be of great value to extend its coverage to four-year colleges and universities, for many leaders and political ideas emerge from institutions of higher education as well.

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