Washington Monthly releases 2018 Best College list
The Washington Monthly ranks Alvernia University as one of America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting for 2018. Alvernia is one of only 132 four-year and two-year institutions recognized for civic engagement on college campuses. The broad range list of higher education institutions highlights the depth and breadth of college students’ efforts across the country to encourage participation in the voter registration process.
The ranking was determined by four scoring criteria—participation in the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement, which allows colleges and universities to calculate voter registration and turnout rates; public availability of data on voter turnout rates; participation in ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge; and public availability of action plans.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 39.4 percent of young people ages 18-24 reported voting in the 2016 presidential election. While this is higher than in previous elections, it still lags behind older voters of whom 70 percent of 65-74 year olds voted in the 2016 elections.
Alvernia students, who also were recognized in 2016 with the Bronze Campus award for excellence in student voter engagement from ALL IN, worked closely with its University Life division and the dean of students to design and implement an action plan consisting of a series of targeted announcements on voter registration and education at campus events, ballot access (the university serves as a polling place for its district) and a series of campus-wide discussions for exchanging different views and perspectives.