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Center for the Study of Local Issues

Welcome to CSLI's new site!

To access the previous interactive Web site with presentations, survey findings, and searchable database, please go here.

Upcoming Events

Candidates for Congress,
Districts 3 and 4
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Contact Us

Dan Nataf

Chris Scanlon
Program Specialist

CSLI is located in room 132 on the first floor of the Careers Center on the AACC Arnold campus. Office hours are 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., weekdays.

The Center for the Study of Local Issues (CSLI) was established by members of the Social Science Division at Anne Arundel Community College in 1978. It is now a part of the Sarbanes Center for Public and Community Service.

Its mission is fourfold:

  • To provide students with engaged learning opportunities and enhanced civic engagement by participating in relevant, community oriented research projects.
  • To serve the community and government by offering research services.
  • To assist AACC's faculty by providing research opportunities for students in their classes and to offer professional development opportunities for faculty members.
  • To help AACC collect and analyze information to better assess and meet community needs.

The Center's primary activity is to conduct public interest surveys on a semi-annual basis. Press releases detailing the results of these surveys are accessible dating from 1995. You can also search the survey database by topic and question. More information about services, a list of members of the advisory board and clients, and presentations by the director to community and college groups are also available via the CSLI Interactive Web Site.

Getting Involved with CSLI


  • Participate in semi-annual county surveys. Students are recruited through the Center for Learning through Service and by individual faculty members.
  • Become a student intern to help CSLI in every aspect of its work.
  • Participate in meetings of the CSLI advisory board.
  • Join the CSLI student club to learn more about your community - both local and global - through a range of field trips, invited speakers, focus groups, and similar activities.


  • Use CSLI engaged learning opportunities to supplement in-class learning.
  • Share expertise to assist CSLI with research projects.
  • Use CSLI expertise to assist with research, for example when receiving an external grant.


  • Include CSLI while conducting institutional research.

Community Partners

  • Develop a partnership with CSLI for research services such as those requiring surveys, focus groups or detailed analysis.
  • Research CSLI semi-annual surveys hosted on the CSLI interactive Web site - both as press releases and as part of a searchable database.
  • Arrange for a CSLI speaker at public presentations and review presentations posted on the interactive Web site.
  • Collaborate with CSLI and co-sponsor events, such as candidate forums during election years and special topic forums.
  • Join the CSLI advisory board.