Stu­dent vot­ing gets col­lege recog­ni­tion

COC rec­og­nized for pro­grams, op­por­tu­ni­ties offered to stu­dents both dur­ing, after elec­tion sea­son

The Signal - - News - By Caleb Lunetta Sig­nal Staff Writer

Col­lege of the Canyons has been ranked as one of the top col­leges in the na­tion for stu­dent vot­ing by Wash­ing­ton Monthly mag­a­zine.

Wash­ing­ton Monthly rec­og­nized more than 140 in­sti­tu­tions around the coun­try for their col­leges’ and uni­ver­si­ties’ in­di­vid­ual ef­forts to pro­mote civic en­gage­ment on their cam­puses.

Ac­cord­ing to the mag­a­zine, less than 50 per­cent of el­i­gi­ble stu­dents vote in elec­tions, and col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties have an “un­par­al­leled op­por­tu­nity” to re­verse this trend in young adults and “crys­tal­ize” within them the im­por­tance of civic en­gage­ment.

“The col­leges that in­vest in stu­dent vot­ing aren’t just help­ing their Wash­ing­ton Monthly rank­ings — they’re help­ing the coun­try,” read the Wash­ing­ton Monthly’s ar­ti­cle.

COC was rec­og­nized by Wash­ing­ton Monthly for the var­i­ous pro­grams and op­por­tu­ni­ties that are offered to stu­dents both dur­ing and after elec­tion sea­son, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials.

“Just as cit­i­zens have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to vote, we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­mote civic en­gage­ment among the next gen­er­a­tion. We are proud to be rec­og­nized by this re­port and we are proud of our stu­dents who are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the demo­cratic process,” said Patty Robin­son, fac­ulty director at Col­lege of the Canyons.

COC fac­ulty works with stu­dents to de­velop pro­grams such as aware­ness cam­paigns, voter regis­tra­tion drives and the dis­tri­bu­tion of non­par­ti­san in­for­ma­tion to young vot­ers at both the Canyon Coun­try and Va­len­cia cam­puses, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials.

“We’ve been fo­cus­ing on ways we can in­crease civic en­gage­ment for the last cou­ple years now,” said Eric Har­nish, spokesman for Col­lege of the Canyons. “It’s im­por­tant for stu­dents to un­der­stand that this is some­thing that you don’t just get in­volved in once you’re older. It’s some­thing you do when you’re younger so that you can de­velop the habit to be civi­cally en­gaged.”

The school also par­tic­i­pates in the Na­tional Study of Learn­ing, Vot­ing and En­gage­ment (NSLVE), which pro­vides col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties with data mea­sur­ing the suc­cess of fu­ture vot­ing en­gage­ment ef­forts.

“It’s re­ward­ing for us to see stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in the process and get ex­cited about getting to vote in up­com­ing elec­tions,” said Har­nish.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.