Evaluation of Citizenship Training and Incentive in American Colleges and Universities


Late in 1948 The Citizenship Clearing House, affiliated with the Law Center of New York University, undertook, with the cooperation of the Association of American Colleges, to inquire into the extent to which college students are actually trained for and motivated toward active participation in politics and citizen activities of a nonpartisan character. A questionnaire calling for a great deal of detailed information concerning courses, instructors and extra-curricular activities was sent to all institutions which are members of the Association of American Colleges. Usable returns have been received from 218 institutions, about one-third of those addressed. The returns are so distributed geographically and by size and type of institution as to constitute an authoritative sample of all. They represent every state in the Union with the exception of Delaware, Nevada and Wyoming, and include large and small colleges, men's colleges, women's colleges, coeducational colleges, state, municipal and private colleges, colleges affiliated with religious organizations and those conducted on a non-sectarian basis, all in sufficient numbers so that the information furnished can be regarded as typical of each class of institution. Special acknowledgment must be made to the Davella Mills Foundation of Montclair, New Jersey, without whose generous support this work would not have been possible. The returns were compiled and analyzed during the first half of 1949 by Thomas H. and Doris D. Reed, well known in the field of political science but without institutional connections. The results are summarized in the following pages. They confirm some of the assumptions on which The Citizenship Clearing House was founded and point the way to future activities.





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Includes content by:
  • Oliver C. Carmichael
  • Arthur T. Vanderbilt
  • George H. Williams
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1950


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