Every other year, URI distributes the National Survey of Student Engagement to first year and senior students. This year, we offered 4 iPad mini’s as incentives for participation, and had a record number of students participate! In fact, URI had more students participate than the average of similar size institutions. Our past results are archived here.
URI also participated in the Wabash National Study with two cohorts of students (2007-2011 and 2008-2012). We followed each cohort of students over their four year academic career and asked many questions on their experiences and their learning at our institution. This was a major longitudinal study that produced results that our university can use to increase high impact teaching practices. Last semester, Charlie Blaiche and Kathy Wise came to URI for a site visit where they presented our data and how we can better fit our students needs. For more on Wabash, please click here.
From 2009-2012 URI participated in the Great Lakes Colleges Association Tri-consortial Research Project on Liberal Education and Study Abroad. The two goals of this project were to gauge the impact of study abroad program characteristics on achieving liberal arts-related learning goals and to develop a financial model to better understand the costs behind study abroad programs. More information, including the official results, of the GLCA study abroad project can be found here.