IUPUI Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Center for Civic Literacy

The Center for Civic Literacy was formed in 2012 to address the public’s deficit in basic constitutional and civic knowledge. It will pursue an aggressive research agenda focused on the causes and consequences of the nation’s civics deficit, and will make those findings available to a diverse audience of opinion leaders, educators and policymakers.

The Center’s Mission is, first, to increase scholarly and public understanding of the dimensions of our civic deficit and the effect of that deficit upon democratic decision-making and civil society, and second, to identify, develop and disseminate evidence-based best practices to help educators and others address and correct the problem.