How does the Challenge work?

Campuses join the Challenge, complete a set of steps, are recognized for their commitment, and are presented with seals and awards for exemplary efforts. Any accredited, degree-granting, post-secondary institution may participate. There is no cost to participate.

Commit your campus


Select a primary contact person and complete the online form to have your campus join the Challenge. Any campus administrator or faculty member may serve as the primary contact; students may not serve in this role. We suggest that before committing your campus, you receive approval from the appropriate individual, office, or department.

Assemble a committee


Convene a campus-wide committee that includes members from all important stakeholder groups, including academic affairs, student affairs, faculty, senior administration, and the student body.

Develop and implement an action plan


Document an action plan that describes your institution’s strategy to increase student voting rates and help students form the habits of active and engaged citizenship. Your plan must include your campus’ participation in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). Action plans will be shared publicly on the Challenge’s website.

Share your success


Share your campus’ NSLVE report with the Challenge. Information from the report will be used to determine designation seals and awards.  Reports will not be shared publicly, however we ask that you post them on your campus’ website.

Be recognized


All participating campuses are recognized for joining the Challenge and making a commitment to increasing student voting rates and helping students form the habits of active and engaged citizenship.  Campuses with student voting rates of 50% and above will earn seals, and campuses with exemplary efforts will win awards.