Written by: Director Robert Groves
Yesterday I met with the state of Ohio Complete Count Committee in Columbus. Like all CCCs, they’ve taken on the job of getting the word out about the census – in this case to all the diverse groups in the state. One great idea they’re pursuing involves college students, a group that is traditionally undercounted. Based on past censuses, college students sometimes a) think they’re being counted in the parents’ home (not the rules of the census), and b) find they’re too busy to remember to complete the form. College students should be counted where they usually live, whether that’s in a dormitory or off-campus housing.
The Ohio Complete Count Committee plans to use universities’ email services to alert all students on the email system to complete their forms at their usual residence. This sounds like a good idea and we’re hopeful it will nudge students toward participation.
The Boston census office told me about a competition among the many universities in that city to determine which school has the highest return rate of completed questionnaires. This idea also sounds promising.
Now, if we can get Mom and Dad not to feel compelled to include their college kids back at their house!