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2012 Oklahoma Civic Health Index

Civic Skills and Voter Education

December 4, 2012
National Conference on Citizenship
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American Democracy Project, Center for Civic Engagement, University of Central Oklahoma
The American Democracy Project in the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Central Oklahoma is committed to increasing student civic engagement, an essential component of transformative learning, at the University of Central Oklahoma. Established in 2003 in partnership with The New York Times and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, with UCO as a charter member, the American Democracy Project involves 250 colleges and universities in a special initiative that focuses on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. As institutions and as individuals we make a difference by example, by living lives of engagement, and by inviting our students to
prepare for lives of civic responsibility.

Oklahoma Campus Compact
Oklahoma Campus Compact (OkCC) supports the civic purpose of higher education that includes developing students as citizens. OkCC assists member institutions in their efforts to develop citizenship skills by promoting and advancing methodologies including service-learning, volunteerism, community service, and political engagement. Established in October 2000, OkCC represents 36 Oklahoma higher education institutions as part of the 1,200 college and university Campus Compact membership nationwide. OkCC is housed at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Academic Affairs Division. An Executive Committee guides the work of the OkCC in providing faculty development, student civic engagement, and resource development and subgrants to help students develop the knowledge and skills of civic participation through involvement in public service.

Acknowledgments
The research team wishes to thank the staff at the National Conference on Citizenship, our national partner, for their guidance and support, with special thanks to Kristen Cambell, Chief Program Officer, and Kristi Tate, Director of Community Strategies. In addition, we appreciate the research assistance of Surbhi Godsay at the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). In addition, we thank the Office of Research and Grants at the University of Central Oklahoma for support of the civic scholar program and community conversations.

Members of the Research Team

Lauren Craig, Graduate Student in Psychology and Civic Scholar

Ed Cunliff, Ph.D., Professor of Adult and Higher Education

Janelle Grellner, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Assistant Director of the American Democracy Project

Emily Griffin Overocker, Director of Transfer Student Support

Jan Hardt, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science

Danielle Hernandez, Organizational Communication and Spanish Double Major and Civic Scholar

Natasha John, Graduate Student in Political Science and Civic Scholar

Patti Loughlin, Ph.D., Professor of History and Director of the American Democracy Project

John Maisch, JD, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Sofia Price, Psychology Major and Civic Scholar

Jerry Shelton, Graduate Student in Business Administration and Civic Scholar

Debbie Terlip, Assistant Director of Oklahoma Campus Compact and Student Relations Liaison, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Alyce Vigil, Graduate Student in History and Civic Scholar

Brad Watkins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography

Members of the 2012 Oklahoma Civic Health Advisory Board

Don Betz, Ph.D., President, University of Central Oklahoma

Glenn Coffee, Oklahoma Secretary of State

Kelly Curtright, Director of Social Studies Education and Personal Financial Literacy Education, Oklahoma State Department of Education

Timothy D. DeGiusti, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Oklahoma

Lee Denney, Oklahoma State Representative for District 33

Jean Hendrickson, Executive Director, Oklahoma A+ Schools

Anne Holzberlein, Vice President for Development and Executive Director, UCO Foundation

Lou Kerr, President and Chairman of the Board, The Kerr Foundation, Inc.

Mark Kinders, Vice President for Public Affairs, University of Central Oklahoma

Julie J. Knutson, President and CEO, The Oklahoma Academy

Jane McConnell, Law-related Education Coordinator, Oklahoma Bar Association

William J. Radke, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Central Oklahoma

M. Susan Savage, Oklahoma Secretary of State (2003-2011) and Mayor of Tulsa (1992-2002)

Gina Wekke, Executive Director, Oklahoma Campus Compact and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Funding Partners
The Kerr Foundation, Inc.
Oklahoma Campus Compact
University of Central Oklahoma
Walton Family Foundation
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