Generating new knowledge is a critical piece of Tisch College’s work. In addition to serving as a focal point for interdisciplinary approaches, Tisch College conducts nationally-leading research in the field of civic engagement.

A Split Millennial?
Nearly half of all young people between the ages of 18 and 29 have no college experience, yet the majority of resources and civic opportunities are available primarily to college students. This discrepancy has a tremendous, self-perpetuating impact on our society — with college youth tending to be more engaged in civil society and non-college youth being continually left out.

Tisch College’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) is conducting an ambitious, multi-pronged research program on the civic engagement of young adults without college experience. This groundbreaking research includes detailed investigations with YouthBuild USA and the U-TEC program in Lowell, MA, 19 focus groups with 147 young adults in four cities and national survey research. Additionally, CIRCLE convened 11 organizations that work directly with this cohort to explore the most promising strategies for engaging this group.

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 Tisch College’s CIRCLE (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement) is the leading source of authoritative research on civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25.