Rollins Receives National Award for Student Voter Turnout

Rollins awarded Best in Class by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.

Students gathered in Dave’s Boathouse on election night 2016 to track the results. Photo by Scott Cook Students gathered in Dave’s Boathouse on election night 2016 to track the results. Photo by Scott Cook

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Awards recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates. Rollins is the only school in Florida to receive a Best in Class award for having the highest student voting rate within the four-year, medium, private institution category.

Rollins also earned a Silver Seal for achieving a student voting rate between 60 and 69 percent, one of the highest voter turnouts for colleges and universities in the United States.

“We are proud of our students’ commitment to a strong democracy as reflected in their voter engagement and participation. This award demonstrates their passion for the political process and civic involvement,” says Meredith Hein, Director of Leadership and Community Engagement.

This national awards program encourages higher-education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus. By joining the Challenge, Rollins committed to:

  • Convening a campus-wide committee that includes members from academic affairs, student affairs, and the student body, as well as any other relevant stakeholders
  • Developing and implementing an action plan to improve democratic engagement
  • Participating in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) in order to measure student voting rates
  • Sharing their campus’ action plan and NSLVE results in order to be eligible for a recognition seal and/or awards

With this recognition and others, like the College’s recent designation by NASPA as a Lead Advisory Institution, Rollins is leading the charge in civic learning and democratic engagement.

To learn more, visit the ALL IN Challenge’s website.