Civic Mapping Initiative data for academic research
Location data for community and technical colleges in the US
The Civic Mapping Initiative provides free data and maps related to the proximity of public transportation to public services; CMI’s first project focuses on community college, technical schools, and their satellite campuses to public transit. Using a subset of this data, CMI’s sponsor, the Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation, found that only 57% of community and technical colleges’ main campuses are located within walking distance of a public transit stop, even though many students depend on public transportation in order to further their studies. CMI is currently working on expanding the original map and that transportation dataset to include all campus and satellite locations; the team is releasing additional states and regions every month until completion in late 2023.
Campus and Satellite Locations for Community and Technical Colleges
More than 3,600 community college, satellite campus, and technical school locations collected from the federal Postsecondary Education Participants System (PEPS).
The Civic Mapping Initiative is sponsored by the Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation (SHSF) and is charting the proximity of public transit stops to public services. They produce interactive maps to highlight transit burdens that impede access to public services and identify opportunities for improvement. CMI’s work has been featured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today and NPR Marketplace, among others.