2014-2015: The State of Democracy

Americans consider our political system to be the premier model of democracy, and we like to think that others throughout the world wish to emulate us. But the democratic nature of our institutions cannot be taken for granted and they need to be examined and reexamined. Headlines in the news—about growing inequality, money in politics, changes in voter registration laws, government surveillance, and setbacks of democratic movements in various parts of the world—suggest that now is a good time for reflecting on the state of democracy in the United States and elsewhere.

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PEOPLE FIRST: The Presidency of Sara Jayne Steen

In her introductory remarks for her first Faculty Day on August 23, 2006, President Steen said, “PSU’s future is something we’ll shape together.” What follows are just some of the many initiatives launched and nurtured during her presidency, as told by the people who worked with her to shape them.