Community College Civic Outcomes Surveys Series

The Community College Civic Outcomes survey series is designed to contribute to community understanding of the extent and ways in which community colleges develop the civic capacities of their students. More specifically these studies, explore the individual and institutional factors associated with greater civic agency, behavior, and knowledge among community college students. Two surveys were created and administered at several community colleges, or community college systems, selected for their diversity in terms of geography, campus setting, size, and racial and ethnic composition of their student bodies. The first survey, 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. The second survey, the Civic Outcomes Survey (COS), was administered to students, and included questions related to voting, political and community engagement, civic knowledge, and leadership development.