Texas A&M University–Central Texas has been selected to join 10 other colleges and universities nationwide in a partnership with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
The 2018 American Democracy Project Digital Polarization Initiative will help equip students with skills for “online civic reasoning.” The program will encourage students to make positive interventions online.
The initiative will also teach students to investigate and verify information they find online.
“We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘fake news’ and, whatever our political inclinations, we’re inspired to wonder, ‘How can a university with research capacity help inform this discussion?’” said university spokeswoman Karen Clos in an email. “This initiative will engage students in the tracking, cataloging, and analysis of ‘fake news,’ while learning deeper truths about polarization, the economics of the web, and the psychology of conspiracy theory.”