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December 6, 2012 -Report Shows Current State of Oklahoma’s Civic Health  RSS feed

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A report submitted Thursday to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education shows that, while Oklahoma outperforms national trends for family and community building, some forms of civic involvement, such as voter turnout, may be lacking.

The Oklahoma Civic Health Index (OK CHI) measures the civic habits of the state’s citizens across a wide range of indicators in an effort to strengthen citizen participation in our communities, state and nation.

“It is important that each of us accept the responsibility to be engaged in all aspects of our community. This report is a useful guide for our colleges and universities as they pursue their public purpose of improving community life and educating students in the area of civic and social responsibility,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “This report shows where our state excels and also where we can continue to improve.”

The OK CHI is based primarily on research conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2011. Five key indicators are examined in national context.

The OK CHI is a partnership among Oklahoma Campus Compact (OkCC), the University of Central Oklahoma and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). Currently, NCoC partners with 16 states and four large cities to produce individual Civic Health Index reports.

Campus Compact is a coalition of colleges and universities that develops college students’ awareness and skills in civic responsibility through service learning, community service and civic engagement. Thirty-five states have Campus Compact offices. OkCC was formed in 2000 and currently has 36 participating public and private colleges and universities.

Founded in 1946 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1953, the NCoC is a leader in strengthening our nation's civic health. In partnership with more than 250 organizations, NCoC tracks, measures and promotes civic participation. Through this work, NCoC helps define modern citizenship in America. More information can be found at NCoC.net.