The Pulse of Sussex County is joint initiative between Sussex County Community College and the New Jersey Herald. The project began in 2003 as a service learning project in which students help to provide the community with important and timely information about the views and opinions of Sussex County while utilizing skills and knowledge that are relevant to their college course. The Pulse of Sussex County project involves the cooperation of the students, faculty, administration, and the New Jersey Herald. Some of the major goals of this project are to:
- Give a voice to county residents
- Build stronger ties between the college and the community
- Provide Statistics students with the opportunity to see statistics in action
The development and design of each survey, its topic(s), and the questions themselves is a collaboration of efforts between students, project leaders at SCCC, and the New Jersey Herald. For each Pulse of Sussex County survey, the students taking statistics courses at SCCC are recruited and trained in the implementation of the survey. Upon the completion of the survey the data is recorded, analyzed and presented to the New Jersey Herald for publication.
More recently, we have had the opportunity to expand the Pulse of Sussex County project and have increased the available phone capacity from 25 to 44 phones. This will help us to accommodate our increasing number of statistics students at SCCC and to achieve our target sample size in a shorter period of time.