Tarrant County College’s campuses are among those of 258 institutions designated “Voter Friendly” under a program sponsored by the Fair Elections Center and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
The program was established in 2016 as a tool to support higher education institutions fulfill the requirements of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Campuses were evaluated on their ability to complete a multi-step process, which included engaging a coalition of campus members from staff, faculty, students, community organizations and local election officials to develop a written plan for how the institution would engage student voters in 2022. Additional requirements included facilitating voter education and engagement efforts on campus and writing a final analysis of their efforts reflecting on what worked and what to change going forward.
TCC’s application was compiled by TCC Southeast from activities undertaken by all campuses. “Part of our mission is to produce civically engaged students who can contribute to the community,” TCC Southeast President Bill Coppola said, “There is no better way for us to do this then to emphasize the importance of the student’s right to vote. I am proud of the efforts of our faculty and staff college-wide to support and encourage our students to register to vote to become active members in a democratic society.”