Initiative

Institute for Democracy & Higher Education

What is higher education’s responsibility to a democracy in question?

Variously described as “backsliding,” “declining,” “at risk,” and “fragile,” US democracy is a democracy in question. The threats to democracy are acute and growing. Yet, this moment in history is an opportunity to advance student learning for, and institutional commitment to, a more aspirational, redesigned democracy that is inclusive, equitable, participatory, compassionate, and just.

The Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) provides colleges and universities with the resources and support they need to prepare students to confront the threats to democracy and to engage in the process of reinventing it.

About IDHE

IDHE is a nonpartisan applied research and resource center that studies and works to improve student learning for, and institutional commitment to, US democracy. IDHE’s work is aspirational; we’re committed to a democracy that works—and works for everyone. We view colleges and universities as essential to democracy’s health and future.

Bring IDHE to Your Campus

Whether virtually or in person, IDHE can visit your campus to lead a workshop on facilitating politically charged discussions, join a classroom or coalition discussion of ideas for change, or help assess your campus climate for political learning and participation. Contact us at [email protected] and let us know how we can help.

Support IDHE

Support great ideas! To grow AAC&U’s efforts to educate for more aspirational, inclusive, and robust democracy, please donate to the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education Fund.