Community College Civic Outcomes Survey, United States, Spring 2016 (ICPSR 36954)

Published: Apr 25, 2018

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

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36954.v2

Version V2 ()

  • V2 [2018-04-25]
  • V1 [2017-12-21] unpublished

The Community College Civic Outcomes Survey, Spring 2016 study examines the individual and institutional factors associated with greater civic agency, capacity, behavior, and knowledge among college students. In Spring 2016, two surveys were digitally administered at 13 community colleges, or community college systems. These colleges were purposively selected for diversity in terms of geography, campus setting, size, and the racial and ethnic composition of their student bodies. This data includes a sample of 1,693 surveys from those 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.

Kisker, Carrie B., Weintraub, Dayna, and Newell, Mallory. Community College Civic Outcomes Survey, United States, Spring 2016. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-04-25. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36954.v2

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

2016 (Spring Semester)

2016 (Spring Semester)

The Community College Civic Outcomes Survey, Spring 2016, is part of a three part series. All studies in this series used both the Civic Outcomes Survey (COS) and the Institutional Questionnaire (IQ).

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?

Each participating institution gained approval through their own Institutional Review Board. The purposively-selected institutions were geographically diverse, representing a variety of urban, suburban, and rural environments (as identified by the Carnegie Classifications), and ranged in size. The racial/ethnic composition of students at the colleges also varied substantially.

Longitudinal

Community College Students

Community college students and institutions.

survey data

The data contains 118 variables. 75 variables are from the Civic Outcomes Survey (COS), and 43 variables are from the Institutional questionnaire (IQ).

2017-12-21

2018-04-25

2018-04-25 This study was updated to include recodes to the variable COLLEGE_NAME to allow analyses across waves of the series.

2017-12-21 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.

Notes

  • 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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