Campus News

Survey: Student activism on the rise

An annual survey of incoming freshmen, released by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles, found that incoming freshmen, especially black students, are more likely than ever to engage in student activism.

About 9 percent of respondents said there is a “very good chance” they will participate in campus protests over the next four years, a 2.9 percent increase from the previous year.

Other data suggested increases in students’ overall civic engagement, with nearly 40 percent of students citing becoming a community leader to be a “very important” or “essential” life goal. Researchers said the campus protests seen nationwide last year will likely continue.