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Research Reports

Mark Stasson, Students in Psyc 363 Community Psychology (2010)
Assessing Child Care Needs at Metropolitan State  (
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Description:  A survey of more than 1100 Metropolitan State students indicated that more than 90% believe that having an on campus day care center
would benefit the University.  A sizable percentage of the sample (41%) had children under the age of 13 and these individuals expressed concerns that
their education sometimes suffered from an inability to find child care.  Generally, these parents were interested in a drop-in care center that would be
used for short periods of time during class or study time.  Overall, 46% of the total sample indicated an interest in exploring an internship or employment
opportunity at an on-campus child care center. Finally, more than 600 respondents indicated that they knew someone who might choose to attend
Metropolitan State if the University did have a Child Care Center.  These results suggest that Metropolitan State should take action to meet the child
care needs of existing students more effectively, actions which might also help recruit new students

Bill Payne, Mark Stasson
Characteristics of the Chemical Dependency Workforce in Minnesota.  (Brief Overview  or  Report )
Demographic characteristics, beliefs about treatment and their field, and job satisfaction from a sample of over 1200 counselors, directors, supervisors,
and nurses in the CD field in MN.


Deborah Bushway;  Maria Vázquez-Calatayud  (2003).
Latinos in the Frogtown and Summit-University Communities of St. Paul.  (full report available from HACER)
Description:   This report brings to light the experience of an overlooked but rapidly growing Latino community (growing more than 123% between
1990 and 2000) that lives in the Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods of St. Paul. The report discusses why Latinos choose to live in these
communities, Latino home ownership rates, and gives recommendations from community members for how to enhance the vitality of the neighborhoods.

Deborah Bushway  (2002)
Latinos on the West Side of St. Paul.  (full report available from HACER)
Description: This report brings together personal interviews, focus group data, quantitative data, and photos to introduce readers to the Latino community
which has shaped the neighborhood known as the West Side. While describing a vibrant community that has been established for nearly eight decades,
this report also imparts the strengths, needs and continuing growth of the Latino individuals and families that continue to live and work in this area.
The study was conducted within the framework of an interactive, community-based model of research and utilized individual interviews and focus groups
to seek the answers for the questions it presented.

Deborah Bushway  (2001)
The Vitality of Latino Communities in Rural Minnesota.  (full report available from HACER)
Description:  In some rural Minnesota communities, the Latino population now accounts for approximately one quarter of the community's residents. Since
the early diversification of these rural communities, there have been questions and challenges as these towns have sought to adjust to the changing population.
This project seeks to identify and measure specific barriers and supports for community development for Latinos in Greater Minnesota.

The Students and Faculty  of Community Psychology II
The North Minneapolis Community Listening Project  
( Report )  
This report is a summary of how some residents of North Minneapolis (Wards 3, 4, & 5) describe themselves and their community.  Observations were
collected from a series of  Listening Sessions facilitated by representatives of NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center.

Anne Adabra, Patrick Thompson, and Psychology 610 Class (Fall, 2010)
Sense of Community among Metropolitan State Students (preliminary report)

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