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American Association of State Colleges and Universities Democracy Project

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How might Deliberative Polling® be used on college campuses to engage students, faculty, staff, and/or members of the broader community in discussions of public issues? Could those deliberations contribute to a more informed community, to better democratic processes, and to the strengthening of the work of preparing undergraduates to be informed, engaged citizens?

Sixteen American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) campuses were invited to send 1-2 representatives to take part in a Deliberative Polling® Training Institute co-sponsored by The New York Times and the Center for Deliberative Democracy. The expectation is that these 16 schools will unfold deliberative polling initiatives on their campuses after taking part in the institute.