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Presentation Type

Open Access Oral Presentation

Keywords

Core competencies--Middle West; College students--Middle West--Intellectual life;

Abstract

Higher education has a significant impact on the development of critical skills that improve students’ academic outcomes. However, academic institutions have not adequately focused more on the role of student organizations in supporting and improving student outcomes. The primary purpose of this study is to investigate students' perception of the development of core competencies during their experiences at comprehensive Midwestern university, specifically examining the differences of those involved in student organizations to those not involved.

The impact of student organizations on the development of core competencies will be assessed using a survey that was designed around the core competencies outlined by Derek Bok. Bok’s framework accentuates the major competency areas including learning to communicate effectively; the ability to think critically; building character; preparing for citizenship; living with diversity; preparing for a global society; acquiring broader interests; preparing for a career and vocational development.

The statistical data analysis phase of the study aims to determine if students who are involved in student organizations improve less or more competencies than those who are not involved. Findings might have potential implications for colleges and universities relating to what students learn from their involvement in student organizations. This will help in evaluating and justifying the effectiveness of programs and services offered. In addition, colleges and universities should rethink how the outcomes of being involved in student organizations, is being measured.

Start Date

1-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

1-4-2015 4:00 PM

Faculty Advisor

Julianne Gassmann

Department

School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

Department

Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services

File Format

application/pdf

Embargo Date

3-15-2015

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Impact of Student Organizations on the Development of Core Competencies

Higher education has a significant impact on the development of critical skills that improve students’ academic outcomes. However, academic institutions have not adequately focused more on the role of student organizations in supporting and improving student outcomes. The primary purpose of this study is to investigate students' perception of the development of core competencies during their experiences at comprehensive Midwestern university, specifically examining the differences of those involved in student organizations to those not involved.

The impact of student organizations on the development of core competencies will be assessed using a survey that was designed around the core competencies outlined by Derek Bok. Bok’s framework accentuates the major competency areas including learning to communicate effectively; the ability to think critically; building character; preparing for citizenship; living with diversity; preparing for a global society; acquiring broader interests; preparing for a career and vocational development.

The statistical data analysis phase of the study aims to determine if students who are involved in student organizations improve less or more competencies than those who are not involved. Findings might have potential implications for colleges and universities relating to what students learn from their involvement in student organizations. This will help in evaluating and justifying the effectiveness of programs and services offered. In addition, colleges and universities should rethink how the outcomes of being involved in student organizations, is being measured.