Political Learning & Engagement Report


In 2018, SHSU joined the Assessing and Improving Political Learning and Engagement on Campus (AIPLEC) nationwide initiative between AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University. SHSU was one of twelve ADP campuses conducting the political climate study through a process of nationally calibrated self-assessment. The AIPLEC project sought to answer the following research question: What structures, norms, human characteristics, and political forces promote campus climates for political learning and engagement in democracy? The results from this study were then reported out to the campus community and incorporated in strategic planning for various entities across campus. Due to the comprehensive, productive, and healthy nature of the project, the SHSU American Democracy Project intends to reassess campus on a 5 year basis.