The following is a message from John Krouse, the president of the North College Park Citizens Association (NCPCA)
Dr. Alexander Chen of the University of Maryland Urban Studies and Planning Program is looking for residents of North College Park to assist with a class research project.
Beginning this fall, Dr. Chen’s research methods course will focus on four census tracts in and around North College Park (Tracts 806714, 806800, 806900, and 807000).  The course will provide students with experience in different field data collection techniques, including census analysis and resident interviews.  Classes start on Thursday, September 5.
You are invited to assist this project.  Please reply to Dr. Chen ASAP.
More info from Dr. Chen:
Four teams of students will conduct field observations of the area focusing on community assets and quality of the physical environment.  They will create a 2010 profile of the housing and population characteristics of the area.   
Students will be expected to meet with residents of the study area to conduct face to face interviews as well as facilitate a group (or focus group) discussion.  Interviews should take no more than an hour.  
The focus group discussion entails 3 to 5 students facilitating a discussion of 6 to 10 residents regarding community needs and concerns.  Ideally, we will have more than one focus group.  
Focus group sessions will last approximately 75 minutes.   Interviews are to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the interviewer and the interviewee.  Ideally, the focus group session will be scheduled during our class time from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.  But given student schedules,  we can try to schedule the focus groups from 7 to 9:30 pm.  
I have two possible days to conduct the focus groups—Thursday, October 10 or Thursday, October 17.  Students would present the results of the semester’s work to the public on Thursday, December 12—preferably from 4 to 6:30 pm (but depending on student schedule’s we can see about 7 to 9:30 pm on that day). 
I am looking for resident volunteers who would be willing to be interviewed by our students.  Time and data to be mutually agreed upon. 
I am also looking for resident volunteers who would be willing to participate in a focus group discussion.
There are four time slots to consider.  Focus groups sessions between 4 and 6:30 pm would be easiest to schedule, but I realize how difficult this might be, and can consider the 7 pm to 9:30 pm slot, but would not be able to confirm until classes start. 
Thank you for your consideration. You can email me at if you have any questions.
4:00 to 6:30 pm
7 pm to 9:30 pm
October 10
October 17
Alexander Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Dean / Associate Professor
The Graduate School / Urban Studies and Planning Program
2400F Lee Building / 1217 Architecture Building
301-405-4901 / 301-405-6798
The University of Maryland