In March, the U.S. government will begin mailing out forms for the 2010 census.
Information collected by the census will help determine how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives as well as how government funds for hospitals, schools and public works projects will be allocated.
Since students are required to take the census in the state in which they attend school, forms for Knox students will be sent directly to the college.
However, it is unlikely that they will end up in student mailboxes. Because of the importance of the forms, Associate Dean of Students Craig Southern has different distribution methods in mind. RAs will probably distribute the forms in freshmen residences.
In upperclassmen residences, which have fewer RAs, forms will probably be slipped under the doors to students’ rooms.
Forms for the 2010 census are the shortest in history, containing only ten questions and taking only a few minutes to complete. However, Southern predicts that getting all the forms back might prove problematic.
“We will probably have to be encouraging, reminding, and visiting students [in order] to get the forms back,” said Southern.
Southern is considering having a table in Seymour Gallery during lunch where students can return their census forms. Regardless, there will be a central location at which to return the forms.
At this point, very little about the way Knox will handle the census has been formalized. Southern has only recently received information about what needs to be done for the census.
“I will let the campus know when everything’s together,” said Southern. “Because of the timing of [Knox’s] spring break, I’ll probably wait until after everyone gets back.”
The census forms will probably be distributed the first week of April.