Kennesaw State named among America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting
Washington Monthly recognizes KSU for its dedication to civic engagement
KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 4, 2019) — Kennesaw State University has once again been recognized by Washington Monthly as one of America’s best colleges for student voting.
Universities that demonstrated a high level of commitment in encouraging students to vote were selected for Washington Monthly’s annual honor roll list. Kennesaw State earned a perfect score and was one of only three Georgia institutions to make the top 80 list for 2019. This is KSU’s third consecutive year being named.
According to Washington Monthly, youth voter turnout rates have been growing in recent years. In 2016, about 46 percent of 18-29-year-olds cast ballots, up from a 20 percent turnout for the same population in 2014. This annual recognition acknowledges the colleges and universities that have created opportunities in boosting democratic participation and encouraging civic engagement.
To be considered, institutions were ranked on a five-point scale, which measured to what degree schools take part in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), as well as schools’ participation in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, which helps schools craft plans to bolster civic engagement.
Kennesaw State’s annual Constitution Week features a variety of activities focused on voter registration and voting rights. Scheduled for Sept. 16-24, the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses host a series of election-related and educational activities, coinciding with National Voter Registration Day.
For the past three years, KSU has also been designated a “Voter Friendly Campus,” an initiative by national nonpartisan organizations Campus Vote Project and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process.
For more information about Kennesaw State’s voter registration and education initiatives, visit vote.kennesaw.edu.
– Tiffany Capuano
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.