Part of Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) is an applied research center focused on college and university student political learning and engagement in democracy. Our mission is to inform and shift higher education’s priorities, practices, and culture to strengthen democracy and advance social and political equity. We focus explicitly on “all things political” on college and university campuses. We accomplish our goals by conducting research, producing practical resources, supporting institutions and the higher education community, and advocacy.
IDHE’s signature initiative, the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), is a service to colleges and universities that provides participating institutions with tailored reports of their students’ voting rates. Launched in 2013 with 250 campuses, the study now serves more than 1,200 institutions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to NSLVE, IDHE researches learning environments and practices of politically engaged campuses. From this line of study came the original Election Imperatives, a national report that offered practical recommendations for campus civic learning. IDHE is now higher education’s leading source of data and support for college student political learning and participation.

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