We are dedicated to serving as both an important educational resource and as a positive role model for our community. We commit to preparing ourselves for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, and to improving the quality of life for the community in which we live and work…” In partial fulfillment of this mission and a larger national civic responsibility, Morehead State University (MSU) is one of 173 state colleges and universities participating in the American Democracy Project (ADP) sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
The goal of this project is to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful activities as citizens in a democracy. MSU is committed to initiating new projects, courses and teaching strategies across the university that foster civic involvement and discourse. MSU engages in a great number of civic engagement initiatives through departments, student organizations, and community initiatives. Our project at MSU will involve an umbrella under which many university wide initiatives will fall.
Each university is to create one or more model projects. The initial model project for MSU is the Leadership Development Program. A series of one hour leadership courses was created in which students in the Leadership Learning Community (LLC) and Academic Honors Program enroll. As part of the ADP, these students learn about the political process, register to vote, and are engaged in service learning projects.
The LEAD 102 class is titled "Service to Society" and features civic engagement projects with community organizations, city government, local hospital, and the Peace Corps. A voter registration and political forums initiative is also one of the student projects.