The NORC (National Opinion Research Center) from the University of Chicago is set to join the Peter D. Hart Research Associates and collaborate with the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans to conduct 11th State of Our Nation's Youth survey in the spring of 2012.
2012 will also see a new poll design – having shifted its parameters and redesigned the content of the survey, in an attempt to help better collect and collate information about the students' preparations for college and to get a feeling of "the diverse changes in today's culture". The polling age has also been altered from ages 13 through 19 to ages 15 through 22, expanding the sample size to 1,500 young people as opposed to the previous number of 1,000.
The goal of the research project is to increase public understanding of the current educational, economic, social and political contexts for high school and college students.
"It's the mission of the association to continually invest in our nation's youth. This survey supports our goal to better understand today's young people and the most influential changes affecting them," said Terrence J. Giroux, executive director of the Horatio Alger Association.
"We are proud to partner with NORC and Peter D. Hart Research Associates, and are confident the 2012 survey will be our most comprehensive to date."
The 2012 survey will focus on factors that are thought to be causing the decreasing number of students completing college today, such as accessibility to college education, the recent growth of student loan debt and the affordability of college.
The project will also analyze the possible effects of social networking media and technology on today's youth and look at the ways politics in the future will be shaped by young people.
The Horatio Alger Association works with public and private school administrators as well as state departments of education throughout the country, sharing the State of Our Nation's Youth results across the U.S.
The association is set to announce the survey results in a press conference in Washington, DC in the summer.