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Percentage of students participating in "high impact" learning activities such as internships, study abroad, student faculty research, and service learning.

Methodology

1) New Data Collection
Numerator: Number of duplicated and unduplicated students participating in high impact learning activities.

Denominator: Total number of student population.

Disaggregation: sub categories of high impact learning activities, gender, race/ethnicity, full/part time, institutional sector

Could potentially be provided as additional fields in EMSAS submission (public institutions only) or as an additional MDHE survey.

2) Alternatively, the C/NSSE has student reporting for these categories; this data could be provided to MDHE.

Definitions

High impact learning activities: Student participation in service learning, learning communities, undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, and capstone projects. (NSSE)
Learning Communities: formal program where groups of students take two or more classes together (NSSE)
Undergraduate Research: students worked on a research project with a faculty member outside of course or program requirements (NSSE)
Service Learning- definitions vary from setting to setting, here service learning broadly encompasses community service or volunteer work engaged in under the auspices of the institution. (NSSE)

Gender
Full-Time Student
Institutional Sector
Part-time student
Race/Ethnicity

Sources:

New Collection

Limitations and Issues:

Currently available data does not enable reliable measurement of this indicator. New data collection would be required, as well as further definition of “’high impact’ learning activities.” Service learning, for example, might include a community service component tied to the learning process of the class or a particular item within the course. For example, a computer class that is learning about database design takes on a project in the community designing a database for a 4H club.


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