Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is a national nonpartisan project that helps America's colleges and universities motivate their 20 million students to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves, and turn out at the polls. We focus on how administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders can help engage students, and we're now engaging schools for the 2016 elections.How do we get America's 20 million college students involved in America's elections?
We work within existing networks of administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders, providing the support needed to engage
students in local, state and federal elections. We combine our powerful resources with personalized coaching, guiding schools on
how to use our resources and navigate students through ever-changing barriers to voting.
We work with Student Activities, Student Government, Residence Life, community service offices, IT departments, campus
registrars, the offices of presidents and provosts, first year orientation, and departments like political science, social work,
sociology, and communications — bringing campus leaders together to use their combined resources to engage and educate
What makes our approach effective?
Student voting doesn’t just happen. It takes cultivation. We’ve developed seven key areas of electoral engagement to create a road map for increasing your level of success, areas that complement each other as you effectively engage your campus. You don’t have to do everything on this list to make a major difference, but it’s crucial to address all seven areas — choosing approaches that fit your campus best. The earlier you start the better, particularly for approaches that take significant institutional planning.
- Build a team. No one can engage an entire campus, so create a core group to coordinate engagement efforts, divide up the work and ensure key stakeholders communicate.
- Register students to vote. It’s the first step to student electoral participation. Set campus-wide goals and plan ways to implement them.
- Educate students on issues and candidates. Offer clear information on where candidates stand, so students can make informed choices.
- Help students to volunteer with partisan or nonpartisan campaigns of their choice. Early civic involvement patterns tend to stick, and this makes future participation more likely.
- Build election excitement and visibility leading up to Election Day, using every appropriate channel.
- Get out the vote. Make sure students know where to vote, when to vote and what to bring. Combine face-to-face and online technologies to engage all eligible students.
- Measure your impact. Document your work as you go so you can see what works and what doesn’t, monitor your progress and build a foundation for the future.