October Research Brief Examines 2012 NASCE Results

The October 2012 edition of Research & Practice looks at the College’s results from the 2012 National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE).

Montgomery County Community College participated in the 2012 National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement to better understand student service at the College.

Of those students that responded, only 13% indicated that they had participated in community service at the College. Students who participated in Elder Care had the highest frequency of activity and over half said they were “deeply committed.”

Youth Services showed the largest range in both frequency and level of commitment. Nearly half perform this activity only once, while the other half are regularly involved and reported a deep commitment.

Students who do serve at the College are involved in clubs or student organizations, individual projects, and coursework. Approximately half of all surveyed students are aware of service opportunities through campus emails and flyers.

The majority (over 90%) of students noted their motivation to serve is because it makes them feel good about themselves, suggested they could help people who are in need, and articulated they meet people through participating in service projects. Conversely, students noted obstacles to their serving: they have to study, they have to work, they are too busy with other activities, and not knowing what activities are available to them.

Most respondents agreed that the College does promote community service among the student body and suggested they agree that the College does an appropriate job of informing students of all the ways they can be engaged. However, more than half of students noted they are satisfied with their current level of personal engagement in service activities at the College.

Survey administrators at The Siena College Research Institute (SRI) indicated that the College should develop and maintain institutional structures that engage and promote service among students. Students are more likely to serve as part of an organized effort. Also since students note that studying is a hindrance to their service and academic service learning could help students integrate their desire to serve with their coursework.

~ by Whitney Etter

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