DCTC Receives Silver Seal for Excellence in Voter Engagement

College recognized at ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony

At the first-ever ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony, held October 19, 2018, to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Dakota County Technical College received a silver seal for achieving a student rate between 60 percent and 69 percent.

ALL IN Challenge Awards
Silver Seal Campuses

“DCTC is proud to receive this national recognition for our efforts,” said Anne Johnson, MBA, associate vice president of student affairs. “Our faculty, staff, administrators and students are committed to working together to reduce apathy, increase engagement and graduate civic-minded students prepared to solve the most pressing problems challenging the country and our world.”

Student participation in elections has increased in the past few years. A recent report, “Democracy Counts: A Report on U.S. College and University Student Voting” from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy in Higher Education, shows that between the 2012 presidential election, and the 2016 presidential election, student voting went from 45.1 percent of eligible voters in 2012 to 48.3 percent in 2016—a 7 percent improvement.

“I am proud to honor the students, alumni, staff and faculty of Dakota County Technical College with an ALL IN Challenge silver seal in recognition of their dedication, hard work and achievement,” said Zaneeta E. Daver, director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “DCTC is not only ensuring that a more representative population participates in our nation’s democracy, but is educating students to be civic-minded. They are an example to be emulated.”

The All IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program. The Challenge 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, campuses commit 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; and
  • Sharing their campus’ action plan and NSLVE results in order to be eligible for a recognition seal and/or awards.

More than 300 campuses, enrolling more than 4 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.

Get Out the Vote 2018 at DCTC

Learn more about the 2018 Get Out the Vote Campaign at DCTC by contacting:

Anna Voight
Associate Director of Student Life

Student Senate Office
Student Life