Meredith College was recently recognized by the All IN Campus Democracy Challenge for its high rate of student voter participation.
Meredith earned the Silver Seal award, which goes to campuses that have 60-69% voter participation. Meredith was the only North Carolina college or university to earn this distinction.
Institutions are recognized based on voting rates reported in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). This report showed that Meredith increased voter registration and voter turnout from 2012 to 2016. Meredith’s student voter registration and turnout rates are significantly higher than the averages of all institutions and those in the College’s Carnegie classification (62.5 versus 50.4).
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program that recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to increasing student voting rates. Approximately 300 schools participate in this challenge.
The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, make democratic participation a core value on their campus, and cultivate generations of engaged citizens who are essential to a healthy democracy.