Report suggests civic learning in colleges strengthens democracy

Issues of democracy and public policy are on everyone's lips right now as the battle for the Republican presidential nomination reaches its final stages. For many college students, this year's presidential elections will be their first political experience. According to a new report published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Global Perspective Institute, civic learning programs in colleges strengthen the democratic process, reports Inside Higher Ed.

The study, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future, suggests colleges and universities take a more active role in teaching civic education to college students. The report called for more teaching of democratic principles, political structures and various cultural viewpoints in colleges. Such approaches could benefit not just students, but the nation as a whole.

"Along with teaching argument and civility, we in higher education will need to teach compromise," said Susan Herbst, president of the University of Connecticut, as quoted by the news source. "If we don’t, we will not change political life at all, or move the nation forward for its citizens, who so desperately need strong, thoughtful leadership."

For many students considering filling out college applications, political issues such as the future of the economy are more important than ever. According to a recent survey by CampusLive, 72 percent of college students are interested in politics, and 87 percent plan on voting in this year's presidential elections.

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