As part of our efforts to strengthen democracy, NC Campus Compact is helping mobilize our member institutions to ensure a complete census count in North Carolina. We are excited to provide information and funding to support this work throughout the state.
NOTICE!!! As of August 3rd, the deadline has been moved up to September 30. Read the official statement from the Census Bureau.
Update on Counting College Students (July 2020)
College Student Group Quarters Enumeration has expanded to include both on-campus (e-response, paper data collection, etc.) and off-campus students (a different digital method called SWIM). For off-campus students, Census is only collecting directly information which is just 3 data points: name, DOB and off-campus address where they lived April 1st. Since they are not collecting all 10 data points, they are still asking students to self-respond for their April 1st address so it collects ALL the data points. The Census Bureau will match on the backend. The Press Release on June 18, 2020 states this new off-campus process, including a sample letter sent to campuses mid-June. Check with your campus Census contact or the Presidents office to see if this letter has been received.
For up-to-date information on the census, visit the Group Quarters page. Consider becoming part of the Students Learn Student Vote Census Working Group by contacting Marissa Corrente. Check out the group’s Google Folder.
Other useful links:
NC Counts Website (organization leading the get-out-the-count efforts in North Carolina)
The Census Bureau created this video to explain how college students are to be counted despite the current pandemic (released 3/23/20)
2020 Census Engagement Fellows (CEF)
NC Campus Compact, in partnership with the NC Counts Coalition, is sponsored a Fellow at 11 member colleges and universities. The Fellows targeted communities historically identified as hard-to-count communities to ensure they have the information they need to complete and submit their Census form. This program complemented the state-wide efforts of the NC Complete Count Commission and the NC Counts Coalition.
Below is the video the Fellows created.
#MakeNCCount Video Contest
We also partnered with the NC Counts Coalition to sponsor the #MakeNCCount Video Contest. These videos, targeting college students, provide information about the census in creative and fun ways. There were two categories for contest submissions: Informational and Inspirational. Each winner received a cash prize. The winners were:
- 1st place Informational category: Deja Mayfield, North Carolina A&T State University
- 2nd place Informational category: Love Cesar, NC A & T State University
- Inspirational category winner: Lauren Bagby, Winston-Salem State University
There is a Census 2020 Knowledge Hub on the national Campus Compact website with essential information and resources about the 2020 Census for institutions of higher education.
Here are a few resources with quick overviews explaining the census.
U.S. Census Bureau “Census 101:What You Need to Know”