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Community College Civic Outcomes Survey, Spring 2015 (ICPSR 36833)

Principal Investigator(s): Kisker, Carrie, Center for the Study of Community Colleges; Weintraub, Dayna, Rutgers University; Newell, Mallory, De Anza College

Summary:

The Community College Civic Outcomes Survey, Spring 2015 study examines the individual and institutional factors associated with greater civic agency, capacity, behavior, and knowledge among college students. In Spring 2015, two surveys were digitally administered at nine community colleges. These nine colleges were purposively selected for diversity in terms of geography, campus setting, size, and the racial and ethnic composition of their student bodies. From a total of 98,838 recipients, 4,788 usable surveys were returned, for an aggregate five percent response rate (response rates varied from two to 13% among the nine colleges). This data includes a sample of 3,897 from those surveys collected.

The Civic Outcomes Survey (COS) was administered to students, and included questions related to voting, political and community engagement, civic knowledge, and leadership development. The Institutional Questionnaire (IQ), was admitted to each college's liaisons to The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and included questions related to college-level factors known to influence student engagement. These questions assessed for institutional intentionality towards civic engagement through college missions and strategic planning, as well as academic and faculty focus on civic involvement. Both instruments were previously tested in a small regional pilot and were subsequently refined to allow for greater response variability. Demographic variables include race, income, gender, and enrollment status.

Series: Community College Civic Outcomes Surveys Series

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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Citation

Kisker, Carrie, Dayna Weintraub, and Mallory Newell. Community College Civic Outcomes Survey, Spring 2015. ICPSR36833-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-11-15. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36833.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36833.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • Spencer Foundation (201500091)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    civic engagement, civics, college activities, college students, colleges, community colleges, education, leadership, participation, political activism, political attitudes, political behavior, political interest, student attitudes, student behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2015 (Spring Semester)

Date of Collection:   

  • 2015 (Spring Semester)

Unit of Observation:    Community college Students and Institutions.

Universe:    Community College Students

Data Type(s):    survey data

Methodology

Study Purpose:   

This study was conducted to better understand the extent and ways in which community colleges develop the civic capacities of their students. The research questions guiding this study were:

  • Holding pre-college civic behaviors constant, what individual behaviors and characteristics are associated with greater civic agency, capacity, behavior, and knowledge among students with at least one year of community college experience?
  • Holding individual characteristics and behaviors constant, what institutional programs, policies, or characteristics are associated with greater civic agency, capacity, behavior, and knowledge among students with at least one year of community college experience?

Sample:    Each participating institution gained approval through their own Institutional Review Board. The purposively-selected institutions were geographically diverse, represented a variety of urban, suburban, and rural environments (as identified by the Carnegie Classifications), and ranged in size from 2,500 to 34,000 full-time-equivalent (FTE) students. The racial/ethnic composition of students at the colleges also varied substantially, with relatively large numbers of African Americans at some, a preponderance of Asians or Latinos at others, and heavily White populations elsewhere. Seven of the 9 colleges received a small stipend for participating; the remaining 2 agreed to participate without compensation.

Time Method:    Longitudinal

Weight:    Data were weighted by institution to account for substantial differences in the number of respondents at each of the 9 colleges.

Mode of Data Collection:    web-based survey

Description of Variables:    The data contains 145 variables. 82 variables are from the Civic Outcomes Survey (COS), and 48 variables are from the Institutional questionnaire (IQ). The remaining variables are administrative, composite, and weight variables.

Response Rates:    From a total of 98,838 recipients, 4,788 usable surveys were returned for an aggregate five percent response rate (response rates varied from two to 13% among the nine college). This data includes a sample of 3,897 from those surveys collected.

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.

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Original ICPSR Release:   2017-11-15

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