A survey on community colleges and linguistics was sent to current and lapsed LSA members and was disseminated through the LSA’s social media channels.  189 responses were received from current LSA members, 70 from lapsed LSA members, and 5 from individuals who accessed the survey through the LSA’s Facebook page or Twitter feed. Thus, the responses can be construed as representative of (the self-selected group of) LSA members who formed the great majority of the respondents.  

  • 18.73 percent of respondents reported having attended or earned a degree from a two-year college.
  • 21.43 percent of respondents reported having taught courses at a two-year college.
  • 57.4 percent of respondents reported having taught transfer students from a two-year college at their four-year institution, 19.62 percent had not, and 22.64 percent were not sure.
  • 23.4 percent of respondents reported having been involved in programs or activities designed to help students and faculty at two-year colleges advance their education, research or teaching goals. 
  • 46.25 percent of respondents reported an interest in assisting LSA efforts to develop new services and programs aimed at students and faculty in two-year colleges. 

It is also worth noting that the email messages asking current and lapsed LSA members to complete the survey had significantly higher “open” rates than standard LSA communications (50% vs. 30%).

Breakdown of individual responses:

Respondents who reported involvement in programs or activities designed to help students and faculty at two-year colleges were engaged at many different levels, such as tutoring or mentorship programs, ESL teaching, direct contact with potential transfer students, training and workshops for teachers, curriculum design, research with colleagues at 2-year institutions, summer programs for community college students, and more.

Respondents had many ideas about how the LSA could address issues relating to community colleges, including direct work with transfer groups, assistance to community college basic writing instructors, Annual Meeting programming, extension of Institute fellowship opportunities to community college students, community college faculty participation in LiHE, partnership with ACTFL, AAA and other organizations, and more.