2016 Student Surveys are In!

Highlights of Findings from 2015-2016 CLP Student Surveys

Over the past year, CLP surveyed close to 320 students enrolled in the core classes required by the CLP degree or certificate programs. Below is a sampling of our findings:

CLP Students are Low-Income, Of Color, and Working Full Time

Over 80% are students of color and 70% are low-income, meaning household income is less than 200% of poverty for family of four. Over 50% will need financial support to complete their program. Meanwhile, 80% work part or full time while studying Close to 40% are the 1st generation in their family to attend college. Over 40% are aged 25 or older and almost 30% are aged 35 or older.

CLP Students Care About a Wide Variety of Socioeconomic Issues

Students most frequently identify the following as issues they care about and want to do something about:

  • Affordable housing, homelessness, gentrification, unfair evictions, and rent increases
  • Education equity, funding for public schools, college access and affordability
  • Community violence, police brutality, racial profiling, and rights of prisoners
  • Poverty and economic disparities, wealth and income gap, access to resources
  • Health equity, access to health care, healthy food
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Immigration and immigrant rights

CLP Courses Influence Students’ Path Forward

  • 85% of students reported that the CLP class influenced their thinking about how they want to be involved in the community
  • Close to 80% of students reported that the CLP class influenced or affirmed their education goals
  • Over 80% of students reported CLP classes helped them understand the history of social movements, social struggles in their own communities, and the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression.

CLP Courses Help Build Core Skills

Students reported learning core skills in:

  • Community organizing: how people have organized in the past, how to analyze power structures and identify what influences the people/institutions one is organizing with or against, how to assess when to use of different organizing strategies and tactics
  • Community development: what it is, how it works, the history in their community
  • Research: including the research process, how to conduct community-based research, how to apply research/data, how to conduct interviews
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