FHSU Seeks to Develop "American Democracy Project (ADP) 2.0"


As we start our tenth year participating in the American Democracy Project, Fort Hays State University plans to assess and evaluate its ADP activities.  In a year-long continuous improvement exercise, students, faculty, and staff are going to focus on a number of key questions.  Examples include:  Are we doing the right things to develop citizenship?  Are we doing them effectively?   How can we improve our student programming?  Do our program activities produce the desired outcomes?

It is our hope that we will develop Fort Hays State University’s own version of ADP 2.0.  We will review and discuss the program's purpose/mission/theme, solicit potential partners (both on and off campus), explore curricular and co-curricular programming, seek new external opportunities, look to expand activities to our online students, search for long-term funding of ADP activities, and look for new strategies to institutionalize ADP programming.

To accomplish this task, we plan to implement a number of assessment and evaluation techniques.  They include data collection and evaluation, utilization of focus groups, university-wide forums, and research of national trends.  It is our hope that at the end of this comprehensive planning process, we will develop both short-term and long-term goals to implement ADP 2.0 at Fort Hays State University.

I would like to ask you, as a member of the university community, to participate and support this continuous improvement process.  Please participate in these activities.  We hope to have an online survey go out to all students, faculty and staff before the end of the semester.  Please take a few moments of your time and complete the survey.  If you have any further suggestions or comments you would like to make about our American Democracy Project, please don’t hesitate to contact me and respond to this email.

For more information, please contact Dr. Curt Brungardt '81, '84, executive director of Center for Civic Leadership, at (785) 628-5592 or the American Democracy Project Student Director Shaley White at (785) 628-5399 or sjwhite@fhsu.edu, adp@fhsu.edu.