Indiana State University
Indiana State University has been selected as one of Washington Monthly’s “2018 America’s Best Colleges For Student Voting.”
A part of “The College Guide and Rankings,” which rates colleges and universities on their contributions to social mobility, research and public service, this is a first-of-its-kind list of the schools doing the most to turn students into citizens.
“One of the most important roles of a state university is to prepare our graduates to be fully engaged citizens. Indiana State takes this responsibility very seriously,” said Nancy Rogers, vice president for University Engagement.
This fall, Indiana State has undertaken a campus-wide campaign to encourage students to register to vote either on-campus or in their home communities. For the past several weeks, university officials have been focused on encouraging voter turnout and providing students opportunities to interact with candidates and learn about their positions on important issues.
“We are thrilled to be able to host a vote center on the ISU campus and grateful to the Vigo County Clerk’s Office for their support of the center,” Rogers said. “For many students, this is their first opportunity to vote in a federal election. We believe if we can help get them to the election center this year, they will become lifelong voters. Our democracy is best served when more — rather then fewer — people vote.”
Ensuring that the nation’s young people and its future leaders are inspired to engage civically is key to strengthening democracy. On many college and university campuses, less than half of eligible student voters exercise their democratic right to cast a ballot in presidential elections.
“With voter registration, education and participation as the centerpiece to the campus get-out-the-vote efforts, Indiana State’s commitment to voter engagement encourages students to develop the civic skills that will help them become informed and engaged citizens on Election Day and in life,” said Carly Schmitt, assistant professor of political science and faculty sponsor of the American Democracy Project at Indiana State. “This designation is an indication of the significant efforts undergone by the campus community to develop student voter engagement.”
Indiana State’s inclusion on the list demonstrates the commitment the university has made to promote civic engagement among the student body, encouraging students to vote and actively participate in community decisions.
“Since voting habits tend to crystallize in young adulthood — vote in one election, and you’re far more likely to do so again — colleges and universities have an unparalleled opportunity to create voters not just for the next election, but for life,” Washington Monthly authors said in a news release. “The colleges that invest in student voting aren’t just helping their Washington Monthly rankings — they’re helping the country.”
To further do its part in improving youth civic engagement, Indiana State participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), which offers colleges and universities an opportunity to learn their student registration and voting rates.
Indiana State also participates in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national, nonpartisan awards program recognizing colleges and universities for improving civic learning, political engagement and student voting rates. As a part of this initiative, students, faculty and staff have worked together to develop and implement an action plan to improve practice and change culture.
Indiana State University
Gregory Goode, executive director of government relations at Indiana State University, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Historic Trust, a nonprofit organization based in Vancouver, Wash.
The Historic Trust has expanded beyond its initial mission of preserving and managing historic properties to spur other historic preservation initiatives including innovative educational programming and inspirational events using a historical context to advance civility in public affairs and new and more pragmatic approaches to the complex issues facing today’s leaders.
Goode has served in his current role at Indiana State since 2012. He served in a similar position at the university from 2002 to 2007.
“I love Indiana State University. It transformed my life as a student in the 1990s, and to have the opportunity to serve two tours of duty, resulting in more than 11 years of service has been nothing short of amazing. Indiana State does so much for so many throughout the region and state in countless, often unheralded, ways,” Goode said.
During the past six years, Goode has led efforts to secure funding for a variety of projects that have helped advance Indiana State’s mission while also improving the Wabash Valley. He has helped procure more than $132 million in construction funding including a $64 million project, the largest in the institution’s history, for the new College of Health and Human Services addition and renovation.
Goode also advocated for $4.7 million in funding to support Indiana State’s commitment to first-generation college student success and helped lead the creation and sustainment of the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute (IPLI) at Indiana State. Goode has also assisted community entities such as Wabash Valley Art Spaces secure significant external funding for enhancing the quality of place in this region.
“I would first like to say how happy we are for Greg and his family as he moves into this prestigious position. We have been tremendously fortunate to have had him on our team, and his unwavering commitment and dedication to his alma mater have made a huge impact on our university and our community,” said Dr. Deborah J. Curtis, president of Indiana State. “He will be greatly missed. On a personal level, I owe him a debt of gratitude for the guidance he has provided and for all he has done to introduce me to the state’s leaders and policymakers.”
Curtis is the third president Goode has served.
“I have worked for three tremendous presidents at ISU and each has touched my life. President Deborah Curtis is an amazing leader, and she is already making a tremendous impact. Advancing Indiana State around the state and in Washington, D.C., has been fulfilling and rewarding, and I have always strived to uplift and promote the Terre Haute community that I love and cherish,” Goode said.
Indiana’s Commissioner of Higher Education Teresa Lubbers also praised Goode.
“Greg Goode is the consummate professional in every way — smart, principled and visionary. The Historic Trust will be stronger and better because of his leadership as was Indiana State University. It has been a privilege for me — on behalf of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education — to partner with Greg, and we will miss his counsel even as we wish him the best in this new opportunity,” said Lubbers.
Goode said he is looking forward to returning to the Pacific Northwest where he previously served as chief of staff at Bastyr University from 2009 to 2012 and was the founder and director of the university’s Center for Health Policy and Leadership in Seattle. From 1997 to 2002, he worked in Washington, D.C., for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a governor-appointee to the Midwest Higher Education Compact and the Western Indiana Regional Works Council.
He earned a bachelor’s in political science and a master of arts in history from Indiana State and has completed post-graduate studies at the Catholic University of Washington. He is a Ph.D. candidate in public administration and policy at Virginia Tech.
“This next great adventure, to help lead the Historic Trust, an amazing nonprofit organization, in building statewide and national leadership platforms speaks to my heart and energizes me,” Goode said.
Goode’s last day at Indiana State will be Dec. 7.
Curtis said she will spend the next few weeks weighing options on filling Goode’s position.
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