A total of 146 students enrolled in CLP coursework at 6 separate colleges completed our Fall 2016 survey. Below is a sampling of some of our main findings:
CLP Students are Low-Income, of Color, and Hope to Transfer to 4-Year Colleges
Around 80% of respondents are students of color. 68% are low-income, and over 60% work part or full time while studying. A third of our students already work in a community change-related field. Around 40% of our students are the first in their family to attend college. Around 70% hope to transfer to a 4-year college or university.
Students that Enroll in CLP Coursework are Interested in Making a Difference in their Communities
Survey respondents indicated they most frequently enrolled in CLP classes because they wanted to “learn to make a difference” in their community. Only 1 out of 5 enrolled primarily to meet degree requirements. Students said the following of how CLP coursework could help them make a difference:
“This class is extremely relevant to my major – Journalism. I want to emphasize what’s happening not only on a national/global level, but what’s happening in our backyards.”
“It’s good information to use in any field or career path that you choose. It helps to know what social skills you need when dealing with people.”
“I had been out of community activism and felt there [were] new tools that would help me strengthen my skills and help me focus on what direction to go.”
CLP Students are Interested in a Wide Range of Social Justice Issues
Around 95% of respondents identified a social issue they hope to work on. The issues most commonly cited include:
- Housing Issues: including affordable housing, gentrification and displacement, and homelessness (especially for youth, veterans, and Native Americans.)
- Poverty & Inequality: including job opportunities, minimum wage, and community economic empowerment.
- Violence and the Criminal Justice System: including police brutality, school to prison pipeline, mass incarceration, returning citizen rights, community violence, and gender-based violence.
- Education: including education rights and reform, access to program to help children and youth succeed in school, funding for public education, and access to higher education/free community college.
Most CLP Students See Themselves Working in a Community Change Field in the Future
Over 90% of students enrolled in CLP classes see themselves doing something to bring about change in their community. 35% see themselves starting or working in a nonprofit organization. Close to 15% know they want to work in community development or community organizing. Close to 15% know they want to “make a difference” and “work with the community” but aren’t sure what type of work they want to do. About 10% each see themselves working in law (typically pubic interest), government, the health care sector, and education (public schools, higher education).
For a more detailed look at our Fall 2016 survey findings, please see the PDF below:CLP Students Survey Results Fall 2016 (1)