University Earns Recognition for Students’ Election Day Participation

November 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate recently earned a silver seal award from the All In Campus Democracy Challenge for having a student-voter rate of between 60 percent and 69 percent.

The national awards program recognizes colleges and universities for increasing student-voting rates, according to its website. More than 300 schools from 43 states and the District of Columbia are currently participating in the program. Participating schools represent almost 4 million students.

“USC Upstate is proud to receive this national recognition,” said Dr. Clif Flynn, USC Upstate provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. “It acknowledges the commitment of our faculty, staff and entire University community to creating a learning environment that furthers democratic education and promotes civic engagement among our students. And it is a testament to our students whose high rate of voting participation indicates that they have benefitted from that experience, and as a result, enhances the communities in which they live and work as concerned, civic-minded citizens.”

In recognition of the accomplishment, the University received a certificate from the All In Campus Democracy Challenge.

USC Upstate was one of 38 higher-education institutions to receive the silver seal. Only one school, the University of Baltimore, received a gold seal. Six universities in South Carolina participate in the program, including the USC main campus; both The Citadel and USC Columbia were recognized with bronze seals for achieving a 50 percent to 59 percent voter-participation rate.

The All In Campus Democracy Challenge was founded in 2016 as part of the non-profit Civic Nation.