Any faculty or staff member at a college / university can now submit a Report Inquiry to (a) gain access to their National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) report, or (b) be informed that their campus is not participating in NSLVE.
Key points about the Report Inquiry process:
- There is still only one person per campus who is the designated recipient of NSLVE reports, so the person who submits the inquiry will not receive a report directly from NSLVE. Instead, NSLVE will contact the designated recipient on your campus and let them know about the request. It is then up to the designated recipient to forward the report to the faculty/staff member. (NSLVE will not tell you who the designated recipient is.)
- If your campus is not participating in NSLVE, the person submitting the request will be informed.
If your campus has not yet signed up for NSLVE:
- The authorization form for participating in NSLVE must be signed by a senior administrator who has “Authorized Signatory” rights. Typically, this will be a president, vice president, dean of the college, or provost, but might also be a registrar or an institutions research director. They in turn will choose a designated recipient for the campus.
- NSLVE only matches individual campus data with voter data twice a year. The next deadline is May 13th. After that date, campuses will not be able to get reports on 2012 and 2014 data until after the 2016 election.
- The authorization does not generate any new data collection! They are already sending the data to the Student Clearinghouse! NSLVE then integrates it with voter data in aggregate form. The authorization form merely allows NSLVE to match individual school data with voter data.
- If you are interested and have authorized signatory rights but do not know if your campus is signed up or not, submit an authorization form anyway. If it turns out the campus is already participating, NSLVE will simply get back to you and connect you to the existing campus contact person. So, no down-side risks.
Please take advantage of this opportunity, the information gained is unique to your institution and can help with future civic engagement plans. A brief one page paper and sample report are below to better understand the information of the study.
Written by Courtney Cochran, Campus Election Engagement Project