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Hendrix College Receives Recognition for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement

CONWAY, Ark. (May 21, 2018) – At the first-ever ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Hendrix College received a bronze seal for achieving a student rate between 50 and 59 percent. A full list of seal awardees can be viewed here

“Hendrix is proud to receive this national recognition for our efforts to engage Hendrix students,” said Dr. Jay Barth, professor of politics and director of civic engagement projects for the College. “From the moment students arrive on campus as freshers, 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 country’s – and the world’s – most pressing challenges.”

Bronze (on screen).pngStudent 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 (NSLVE), an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy in Higher Education, shows that between the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, student voting went from 45.1 percent of eligible voters to 48.3 percent – a 3 percent improvement. Hendrix College’s data reveals a similar increase.  According to NSLVE, approximately 55.2 percent of Hendrix students participated in the 2016 general election, a rate 7 percent higher than students at other institutions, and marking a 3.7 percent increase since 2012 at Hendrix.  

During that period, Hendrix students engaged to protect against efforts to remove a voting site from the Hendrix campus. Their action resulted in a new voting center being placed on campus, allowing Hendrix students, faculty, and staff registered to vote in Faulkner County the ease of voting where they live and work. Then-Student Senate President Peter Butler ’17 led the effort to protect the voting site and worked with other students to produce a nearly 87 percent student voter registration rate among Hendrix students. Butler and Barth spoke about the importance of on-campus voter sites in student engagement at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in the fall of 2016.

“I am proud to honor Hendrix College with an ALL IN Challenge bronze seal in recognition of their dedication, hard work, and achievement,” said Zaneeta E. Daver, director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “Hendrix 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 that 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 NSLVE in order to measure student voting rates; and
  • Sharing their campus’s 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 the summer of 2016.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit