The transition to college is difficult for many students. CTC wants to better understand the difficulties that students experience in the transition to college, as well as what makes the transition smoother and easier. They hope to use this information to improve the transition to Indiana University - Bloomington for students in the future.
This study consists of two surveys to be administered to undergraduates and two focus groups. The data will then be used to for the customization of the CTC intervention to be administered as a survey to all incoming freshman during the Fall 2015 pre-orientation.
To inform the Cyberinfrastructure Research Task Force (CRT) in its review.
Charge to the CRT (from Vice President for IT, Brad Wheeler):
1. Review the 2005 CRT Report and assess to what extent (a) IU acted on the Action Items, and (b) the choTices did or did not prove meritorious in supporting IU research productivity. Some attention to the past decade may provide essential insight for looking ahead.
2. Looking to the 5-10 years ahead, what types of Cyberinfrastructure resources and support do IU scholars need to best enable their work? What current investments in IU Cyberinfrastructure should be continued, accelerated, or reduced? To what extent should IU rely on university-owned Cyberinfrastructure versus other cloud and off-premises tools as some federal agencies reduce their funding of national cyberinfrastructure?
The most relevant population are faculty at all the campuses of Indiana University.
The purpose of this project is to understand and describe the process of developing a political identity while in college. Additionally, this project seeks to create a theory that more fully explains the relationship between a student’s political identity development and their campus’ culture as well as the socio-political climate of the state.
Overall Response Rate: 18% at start of year, 9% in final survey at end of year
Data & Analysis
It is possible to share results if someone is interested, but I do not have the time to clean to make them deidentifiable. This project was too big and I didn't find enough support to allow it to be successful.
To identify differences in lifestyle behaviors that may contribute to physical activity levels, nutrition behaviors, and obesity between Americans and Turkish college students.
At the Provost’s urging, IUB's new Arts and Humanities Council is compiling an inventory of all campus assets and resources in the arts and humanities. The project will serve to uncover all assets and resources in the following categories:
1) formal resources in arts and humanities (collections, programs, funding sources, student groups, etc.)
2) informal resources in arts and humanities (reading groups, faculty collaborations, meeting spaces, etc.)
3) campus interfaces and exchanges between arts and humanities and other disciplines (interdisciplinary groups, professional courses related to a&h, etc.)
4) community interfaces and exchanges with arts and humanities (Lotus, BEAD, the Cinema etc.)
As currently envisioned, the project will consist of two phases. The first involves an extensive campus survey, for which students, faculty, administrators, and staff will be asked to identify the assets and resources in their area and explain the value they assign to each. The second phase will involve the development of analytic and visualization technologies so that the data can be organized, studied, and communicated for future programming and publicity use by multiple campus stakeholders (OVPR, the Provost's Office, COAS, etc.).
This study seeks to learn about the experience of higher education in the United States using an multi-sited ethnographic mapping research method with students attending six different institutions of higher education. Participating universities were chosen to represent not only a cross-section of different types of higher education institutions but also the diversity of the US student body. This study is designed to gather holistic information about the complexity of students’ life contexts in order to better understand how to develop university programs, services, and resources that effectively address students’ needs. This study will enable the researchers to make rigorous comparisons about how student needs vary within different institutional contexts and to uncover differences in experience associated with particular demographic variables including age, economic class, and university environment such as a rural, urban or suburban location.
Overall Response Rate: Approximately 10% (since this was a qualitative study, we sent invitations randomly until the study was fully enrolled. I unfortunately don't have the number of invitations we sent)
Data & Analysis
A journal article presenting the results of this study is available here: https://digitalcommons.du.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1355&context=collaborativelibrarianship
Purpose of Survey: To gather information about what University Division students are looking for from the Career Development Center (CDC). With the recent division of the CDC and Arts and Sciences Career Services, the CDC is seeking feedback from students to determine how to re-assess our programs and services in ways that best fit the narrowed student population that our office serves. This survey supports the mission of IUB by determining best practices for providing outstanding academic programs and student services. The survey will only be sent to freshman and sophomore University Division students, as this is the primary population that our office serves, and the results will be used internally to adjust existing services and create new initiatives that will benefit this population.
Culture centers on college and university campuses have been shown to play a critical role in student integration and learning. For example, Black and Latino culture centers have been shown to foster a sense of community and a sense of belonging among Black and Latino college students. Despite these benefits, very little research has systematically examined the role that culture centers play on minority student retention. Past work suggests that participation in culture centers strengthens ethnic identity among Black and Latino/a students, yet we know little about how ethnic identity impacts participation in the first place. Given these gaps in the literature, this collaborative one-year project with Indiana University's Latino Cultural Center (La Casa) examines the role that Latino/a ethnic identity plays in student participation at the center and ultimately, retention at IU.
We seek to answer four research questions:
1) What role does Latino/a ethnic identity play in student participation at La Casa?
2) What are the reasons Latino/a students cite for their participation at La Casa?
3) What are the reasons Latino/a students cite for their lack of participation at La Casa?
4) Are Latino/a student who participate at La Casa more likely to graduate IU than Latino/a students who do not participate?
By examining the role of Latino/a ethnic identity on participation at La Casa, we hope to identify and implement practices that increase Latino/a student participation at the center. New practices could involve new programming, social activities, or academic counseling that lead to higher levels of participation and retention among Latino/a students at IU.
Our target population is all IU Bloomington undergraduates who have identified as Hispanic or Latino.
The purpose of this study is to assess information literacy skill levels for students at Indiana University Bloomington. The information collected will help librarians and administrators understand what information literacy skill students have and where additional instruction may be helpful. It will also help to determine the impact of library instruction on students' information literacy skills.
Two groups of students will be included the study: (1) A random sample drawn from all IUB undergraduates; and (2) All students enrolled in a course participating in the IUB Libraries Information Literacy Grants program.
The summary report is posted in IU ScholarWorks: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/21278
The dataset can't be shared publicly because it contains PII. It can be shared with other IU researchers by request.
The IU Body Worn Camera Evaluation Committee was established by Mark Bruhn and John Applegate to evaluate whether IUPD should adopt body worn cameras and is administratively sponsored by the Chief Privacy Officer and Superintendent of Public Safety. The committee's membership draws from the IU system and includes members from IUPD, the faculty, students, and the GC's office. As part of its research efforts, the Committee had IUPD conduct field trials on three campuses -- IUB, IUPUI and IUNW, the main campuses for which body cameras are likely to be of interest given the nature of policing on campus -- and has been conducting focus groups with students, IUPD, and community members on those campuses. We would also like to survey faculty and staff on those campuses. This survey was developed by two faculty researchers on the committee, with input from the rest of the committee, and has been approved by the IRB at IU Northwest for use throughout the system; the faculty members plan to include the results as part of published research on policing and body cameras, in addition to supplying the data for use by the Committee.
Overall Response Rate: N/A
Data & Analysis
Purpose is to provide information to a university committee formed to build a consistent new employee orientation program. Recruiting and retaining talent is part of the strategic plan for the university.