Colleges not living up to their responsibility to register voters
AP reports: The semester just started at most schools, but the grade is in for more than one-third of the nation's colleges on the assignment of helping register young voters -- a C or worse.
Harvard University's Institute of Politics and The Chronicle of Higher Education sent surveys to 815 colleges and universities last month to determine whether they met the spirit of the Higher Education Act. The law requires schools that accept federal funds to request enough voter registration forms for their campuses four months before registration deadlines.
Some 249 schools responded to the survey, which was released Monday. Seventeen percent met the requirement and 37 percent said they graded their effectiveness at registering young voters at C or worse.
"It was pretty clear that not all knew what the requirements were under the Higher Education Act," said Philip Sharp, director of the Harvard Institute. -- (AP via NYNewsday.com)