Highlands College - Research, Creative & Scholarly Activities Program

Highlands College - Research, Creative & Scholarly Activities Program

academic programs, retention
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Highlands College (MT)
http://www.mtech.edu/academics/highlands

Highlands College is a small school serving the Greater Butte, Montana Region through our associate degree and certificate programs, continuing education, and customized training.

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PURPOSE

The retention of two-year students through the use of student-faculty research, creative and scholarly activities.

  • Increasing the retention of two-year students the use of student-faculty research, creative and scholarly activities.

DESCRIPTION

Students who are engaged by faculty in research, creative or scholarly activities have higher levels of retention to the following semester.

Students enrolled in Introductory Psychology in Fall, 2013 (who did no research, creative or scholarly activities) were compared to students enrolled in Introductory Psychology in Fall, 2014 (who did conduct research, creative or scholarly activities).

Highlands College – Introductory Psychology Term / Enrollment / Returned Following Spring / Spring Retention

  • Fall 2013 / 62 / 39 / 63%
  • Fall 2014 / 106 / 91 / 86%
  • Percentage of students who return the following semester

There was significantly greater retention for those students who conducted research, creative or scholarly activities: 63% for students in 2013 who did no research, creative or scholarly activities and 86% for students in 2014 who did research, creative or scholarly activities.

While there is no single solution to the issue of two-year student retention, involving students with faculty in research, creative and scholarly activities can be one of the tools that has significant impact on student retention.

RESOURCES AND LESSONS LEARNED

  1. Faculty who are interested in and embrace the concept of conducting research, creative or scholarly activities with students. 
  2. Access to a large format printer in order to prepare posters for the student presentations.
  • Printer ink and paper could amount to $300 per semester – assuming approximately 60 student projects.

  • Students who conducted research, creative or scholarly activities gained in satisfaction, relationships with faculty and lifelong learning.

  • Faculty who sponsor/mentor students in research, creative or scholarly activities gained in morale and professional satisfaction.

Allowing more students and faculty to work together on research, creative and scholarly activities, including participation in college, university and statewide research days.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Dr. Elyse Lovell
Psychology Faculty
Highlands College
25 Basin Creek Road
Butte, Montana 59701
Phone: 406-496-3786
Fax: 406-496-3710

elovell@mtech.edu

Dr. John M. Garic
Dean
Highlands College
25 Basin Creek Road
Butte, Montana 59701
Phone: 406-496-3714
Fax: 406-496-3710

jgaric@mtech.edu