Proposal Abstract

Motivated by the recent implementation of an Introduction to Business class offered to first-time students and a strong desire to enhance student success, a team of faculty delivering the course have devised and engaged in a three-year study aimed at enhancing their understanding of the impact of student diversity and first-year experiences on student outcomes. The study is multifaceted, employing surveys, focus groups, as well as academic, personality and learning style assessments. The research is intended, not only to heighten the researchers' understanding of student diversity and its connection to student outcomes, but to also assess the extent to which the students' understanding of these concepts and their own traits and learning tendencies can enhance their learning experiences. The presenters will provide an overview of the research goals and design, share preliminary results, and discuss measures taken to engage other academic and administrative staff in the research process.

Location

Room 217

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 27th, 2:00 PM Mar 27th, 2:45 PM

Understanding Student Diversity: Towards Successful Transition and Learning Outcomes

Room 217

Motivated by the recent implementation of an Introduction to Business class offered to first-time students and a strong desire to enhance student success, a team of faculty delivering the course have devised and engaged in a three-year study aimed at enhancing their understanding of the impact of student diversity and first-year experiences on student outcomes. The study is multifaceted, employing surveys, focus groups, as well as academic, personality and learning style assessments. The research is intended, not only to heighten the researchers' understanding of student diversity and its connection to student outcomes, but to also assess the extent to which the students' understanding of these concepts and their own traits and learning tendencies can enhance their learning experiences. The presenters will provide an overview of the research goals and design, share preliminary results, and discuss measures taken to engage other academic and administrative staff in the research process.