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Letter from Presidents & Chancellors

Other Big Ten Schools - Challenge info:

Indiana!    2016 results   2014 results

Michigan here and here

Michigan State

Northwestern and 96% registered!

Ohio State includes results

Penn State! & 2016 results

Rutgers here and here includes results Registering


Cap Times article 9/26/17

Other resources:

Is your WI college ID acceptable for voting?

UW-System student voting guide

Campus Vote Project


All In Challenge 2016

Vote B1G 2016

NASPA on Civic Engagement

Voter Friendly Campus

Campus Compact and 10 things




Big Ten Voting Challenge

On September 18, 2017, the UW-Madison Chancellor announced the Big Ten Voting Challenge. This is a nonpartisan initiative to encourage students to exercise their right to vote.

After the 2018 election, trophies will go to two universities — the one with the highest eligible voter turnout; and the one with the most improved turnout, as compared to 2014

Voting information for UW-Madison students is at vote.wisc.edu.

If you have a Wisconsin driver license or DOT ID card, you can complete your registration online at myvote.wi.gov

Tufts University's National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) will provide results for the challenge.

UW-Madison results for 2016, and results for 2012 and 2014.

2016 NSLVE National Report for 2016.   Methodology.   Discussion Guide.

Quotes from the National Report: (emphasis added)

Page 14: "Compared to the rest of the country, institutional voting rates in New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania tended to increase the most, while institutions in Georgia, Wisconsin, and Mississippi had the largest decreases, on average."

Page 15:  "Unlike voting rates, registration rates did not increase appreciably. And in states like Georgia and Wisconsin, registration rates declined significantly."

Results citation: Institute for Democracy & Higher Education: National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement. (2016). 2012 & 2016 NSLVE Campus Report. Medford, MA.

Using Your NSLVE reports.  (Pronounced "N-Solve").  Item #1:  "Create and charge a task force responsible for action."

Proposal for a task force:  A task force should represent the entire University community, and have the prestige to influence the entire University.  Membership might include:

  • Faculty from political science, law, or other interested experts.

  • Staff from the president’s office, the dean’s office and the civic engagement center.

  • Staff from departments that have regular contact with students, such as librarians and house fellows.

  • Local election administrators, alumni, and supporters from the community.

  • Students from the student senate, the civic engagement center, and other interested groups.

At the same time that this task force is being formed, conduct a public campaign to solicit specific ideas from a wide-range of people.   Such a campaign will be the first step towards encouraging engagement.  The student senate and the University’s civic engagement center should work together to solicit ideas and evaluate them.  They should present proposals and recommendations to the task force.

The task force would evaluate proposals presented to them, and recommend a comprehensive plan to engage students in learning about issues, candidates, and voting procedures; and to increase student registrations and casting of ballots.  The task force might meet once or twice per semester, starting fall of 2017.

There are many other Wisconsin campuses (outside the B1G Ten) that are participants in NSLVE.  Participants include these colleges:  Beloit, St. Norbert, Edgewood, Lawrence, Madison Area Technical, Marian, and Morraine Park Technical.  Participants include all UW universities and colleges except Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Platteville, and River Falls. 

"One of our missions as an American educational institution is to prepare and encourage everyone who passes through the university to be an active, engaged citizen. Voting is one important aspect of this. It is essential to our democratic form of government and a responsibility that comes with citizenship."  -From UW-Madison's Chancellor Rebecca Blank's blog, January 29, 2016

Web page by Paul Malischke       malischke@yahoo.com       Last updated October 05, 2017