HIGH IMPACT PRACTICES AND CIVIC LEARNING OUTCOMES AMONG COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS
May 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
This study aims to answer the following research question: How is participation in selected high impact practices (HIPs) that promote social capital associated with community college students’ positive civic learning outcomes (CLOs) such as communication and listening, diversity, and consensus-building? This study analyzed responses to the 2019 Community College Survey of Student Engagement using Minitab to conduct a chi-square analysis to test the hypothesis that HIPs that build social capital are related to greater frequency of CLOs. Once the pairwise chi-square tests for independence were conducted, the data are presented in tables and to be used in data-informed decision-making. The most notable finding is that four of the HIPs—internships, in-class group projects, service-learning, and learning communities—were consistently positively associated with each of the CLOs in statistically significant and possibly practically meaningful ways. This research provides information on where community colleges might profitably invest their resources.
Tori Vogelgesang, Ed.D., MPA is the Assistant Director at Kentucky Campus Compact, where she has been since 2017. Prior to 2017, Tori was the Director of Alumnae Engagement at her alma mater, Saint Ursula Academy in Cincinnati, OH. Tori studied sociology and graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, and completed her graduate work at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY.
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