Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

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About the Ashbrook Center

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The Ashbrook Center, an independent center at Ashland University, restores and strengthens the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. The Center teaches students and teachers across our country what America is and what America represents in the long history of the world.  Ashbrook creates informed patriots.

The Ashbrook Center is governed by its own Board, and responsible for generating all of the funds necessary for its many programs.  Creating and sustaining operating revenue for the Center is a hallmark of its success and continued independence.

Since 1983, the Ashbrook Center has demonstrated an extraordinary track record of success by building and refining a series of high-quality programs that impact thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students nationwide.

Across America, there is a growing movement at colleges and universities to create independent centers, and the Ashbrook Center model is recognized as the finest example.  Ashbrook leadership and staff have advised and assisted several universities pursuing the creation of similar independent academic centers.

In 2011, the Ashbrook Board devised a plan to change the direction of the education of America’s youth and established a set of goals to guide the future growth of the Ashbrook Center:

Programs for Students: The Ashbrook Center will expand its effort to educate principled leaders for America’s future by strengthening the Ashbrook Scholar program at Ashland University as well as creating new programs to teach the principles of American self-government to students nationwide.

Programs for Teachers: The Ashbrook Center will expand its effort to improve middle-school and high-school social studies education by expanding the Center’s current programs at Ashland University. The Center will also create new programs on-line and at other locations across America to return the focus of teacher training back to the mastery of the subject area.

Programs for the American People: The Ashbrook Center will widen its reach as a resource for citizens to develop a deeper understanding of the principles upon which our nation was founded.

Partnerships: The Ashbrook Center will engage in partnerships with other related organizations and assist with the development of independent centers at other colleges and universities to maximize the national impact of the Center.

The Ashbrook Center is poised to become the leading national organization that educates students and teachers about the enduring principles and practice of free government in the United States.

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