Higher Education Civic Outcomes Study
In Partnership with the Center for the Study of Community Colleges
In partnership with the Center for the Study of Community Colleges, TDC is proud to present the Higher Education Civic Outcomes Study. This study is currently open to all TDC Member Institutions. In addition, efforts are currently underway to institutionalize the project within various state-level initiatives aiming to incorporate student learning outcomes associated with civic and democratic engagement.
Each winter The Democracy Commitment, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Community Colleges, will be administering a survey to assess community college students’ civic agency, behavior, and knowledge after at least one year of attendance at a TDC member institution.
Participation in TDC’s Higher Education Civic Outcomes Study will provide your institution with information about students’:
- Civic behavior (students’ participation in specific civic activities as well as self-assessments about their ability to engage in diverse environments);
- Civic agency (the sense that they can make a difference in their communities and in the world); and
- Civic knowledge (on national, statewide, and local levels).
National analyses of data will lead to the identification of demographic, behavioral, and institutional variables that contribute to greater levels of civic capacity among community college students.
More information about the Higher Education Civic Outcomes Study, including the annual administration timeline, links to survey instruments, and related research and publications, and information about how to participate can be accessed via the tabs below.
Please complete this brief survey to inform us of your interest to participate in the survey administration. By completing the survey you are NOT committing to participating, but we will provide you more information pertaining to the survey via email.
If your college is interested in participating in future administrations and you have questions or concerns, please send an email to: Carrie Kisker at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mallory Newell at email@example.com.
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View the Higher Education Civic Outcomes Survey.
View the Institutional Questionnaire to be filled out by you or a representative from your college.
Securing IRB approval: If your college needs to secure IRB approval in order to administer this survey, the Civic Outcomes Assessment Narrative, which outlines the project’s research methods and conceptual framework, as well as the scholarly literature on the topic, may be useful in drafting your IRB proposal (please cut and paste as necessary).
Publications from previous administrations of the Civic Outcomes Survey include: (Replace all with what is listed below)
Kisker, C. B., Weintraub, D., & Newell, M. A. (2016). “The Community College’s Role in Developing Students’ Civic Outcomes: Results of a National Pilot.” Community College Review, 44(4), 315-336.
This chapter describes results from the 2015 national pilot of the Civic Outcomes Survey and can be accessed here: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0091552116662117.
Kisker, C. B., Newell, M. A., & Weintraub, D. (2016). “The Civic Outcomes of Community College.” In B. L. Ronan & C. B. Kisker (Eds.), Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement: New Directions for Community Colleges, no. 173 (pp. 103-110). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
This chapter, which describes results from the 2014 California pilot of the Civic Outcomes Survey, can be accessed here: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119233925,descCd-buy.html.