Resources for Constitution Day

Constitution Day & Citizenship Day
Higher education institutions that receive federal Title IV funds are required to hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution for students every year. When it falls on a weekend, colleges observe the day on a preceding or following weekday. 

By Rick Cox

This is just a friendly reminder that Constitution Day will be Saturday, September 17. The Consolidation Appropriations Act of 2005 requires institutions that receive federal funds to hold an education program on the Constitution on that day. However, because this falls on a Saturday, colleges should provide this the week preceding or following the actual Constitution Day.

The Department of Education provides a resource webpage to assist colleges in meeting these requirements.

Here are three highlights from the webpage for activities and programs:

· Activities and materials from the National Archives can be found at these links: and

· The Library of Congress American Memory website provides many resources on the Constitution that can be found here.

· The National Endowment for the Humanities provides content on the Constitution through the EDSITEMENT website.

The resource webpage also provides links for materials from the U.S. Senate, the Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools program and others.

Rick Cox is Global’s Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance