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One area where colleges score a big fat zero

February 25, 2011 by Claire Knight
Posted in: In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views, Student Life

U.S. colleges are supposed to influence graduates to become engaged leaders, right? Not in this area, according to a recent study.

Colleges do not prepare students to become active civic leaders, according to a recent study conducted by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Comparing participants’ level of passive political activities (such as voting) to their level of active political activity (such as signing a petition or attending a rally), the survey found that colleges exert “zero influence on a graduate’s active civic engagement.”

What can university officials do to influence students to be more politically active? Share your strategies in the comments box below.

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