Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

About the Ashbrook Center

About Us

The Ashbrook Center, an independent center at Ashland University, restores and strengthens the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government.

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

Ashbrook has its own advisory Board and is responsible for generating all of the funds necessary for its many programs. Gifts to Ashbrook are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

Programs for Teachers: Tens of thousands of teachers representing all fifty states, the US territories, and beyond, have participated in Ashbrook’s high-quality education programs or used our education materials.  These teachers teach millions of students annually about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Rather than teaching through textbooks or teaching about pedagogy, Ashbrook engages teachers in conversations about primary source documents and through these documents deepens the teachers’ knowledge of American history and constitutional principles. We have a great deal of evidence—from an independent evaluation as well as focus groups—that teaching with documents is highly effective in increasing teacher and student knowledge.

Programs for Students: Through the use of great books and original historical documents, Ashbrook teaches students across our country what America is and what America represents in the long history of the world.

The Ashbrook Scholar Program is a rigorous and top-rated academic program for a select group of undergraduate students majoring or minoring in Political Science or History at Ashland University.

Ashbrook Scholars study with some of the finest faculty in the nation and undertake a program of courses and activities that challenge their mettle and bring out the best qualities of their character. It is a rigorous program for serious, public-spirited students with a passion for civic leadership.