This summer, LSRIP students sought to understand the experiences of earners and learners who work at least 15 hours each week and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 units at public 2 and 4 year colleges across Los Angeles County. They researched a range of topics including the role of education, workplace concerns, balancing schedules, and costs of food, housing, and debt.
Through the course, LSRIP students developed both quantitative and qualitative research tools for the project. They launched pilot surveys and interviews, testing questions and providing feedback to UCLA Labor Center researchers. Students also conducted data analysis, which involved coding interviews, developing themes, and referencing relevant academic literature. Over the course of Summer Session C, students collected a total of 115 surveys and 46 interviews with earners and learners at 1 UC, 5 CSUs, and 22 community colleges in Los Angeles County.