The Shriver Center has a proven track record of successfully engaging students in applied learning and is poised to assist in making this valuable student success strategy available to all UMBC students. Shriver Center assesses all of its programs on a regular basis using a variety of qualitative and quantitative strategies. Examples of results include the following:
Retention Data, Office of Institutional Research
UMBC data reveal that first-time, full-time freshmen engaging in applied learning experiences are more often retained and graduate at significantly higher rates than students who do not engage in similar experiences.
Shriver Center students:
- Are retained at a rate of 88.7% (in 2002) from their 2nd to 3rd year versus 70.2% of non-Shriver Center students.
- Graduate at a rate almost double that of their peers who did not engage through the Center (6-year graduation rate of 83.7% in 1998 versus 45.7% for non-Shriver Center students) (OIR, 2005)
- Are significantly more likely to feel more integrated academically, socially with peers, and in interactions with faculty during their first year if they engaged in a service-learning experience (OIR, 2005).
- Are more motivated to continue and persist to graduation as a direct result of their applied learning experience (76% of professional practice student evaluation respondents report this perception‚ÄîStudent Evaluation, 2010)
- Enhance their self-confidence as a direct result of their applied learning experience (88% of professional practice students and 76% of service-learning students report an increase on Student Evaluations, 2010)
- Enhance their leadership skills development as a direct result of their applied learning experience (89% of service-learning students report an increase on Student Evaluations, 2010)
- Have increased ¬†clarity of their career goals and felt better prepared to enter their career field as a direct result of their applied learning experience (88% and 88%, respectively, of professional practice students on Student Evaluations, 2010)
Internship & Cooperative Education Alumni Survey Results
- 50% received offers for permanent positions by their placement employer
- 90% were fully employed or in graduate school within 3 months of their UMBC graduation (60% with no time lapse)
- 91% agreed that their experiences helped formulate their career path
- 80% strongly agreed that they would recommend a similar experience to other student
Service-Learning Alumni Survey Results
- 92% agreed that their service experience increased their sense of civic responsibility
- 93% agreed that their service experience increased their understanding of social issues
- 91% agreed that their experience increased their interest in community activities
Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP) Alumni Survey Results
- Since 1987, over 450 students have participated in the Governor‚Äôs Summer Internship Program. Student evaluations and program alumni follow-up surveys indicate that program goals have been achieved. Program alumni respondents from 1987-2008 indicate the following perceptions regarding their participation in GSIP:
- 80% currently hold and/or held positions in public service following graduation
- 100% would recommend GSIP to other students
- 86% report that their internship experience was valuable in formulating their career paths
- 75% indicate that the skills and experience gained in GSIP assisted them in obtaining or performing well in their current position
- 70% have completed a graduate degree or are currently enrolled in graduate school
- A majority strongly agree or agree that their experience heightened their interest to work in state government
Shriver Peaceworker Alumni Survey Results
- 90% of program graduates are currently employed full-time, and 100% continue in careers of public service
- Of those who enrolled in the program, 81% came from outside the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area, and 74% have remained to live and work in public service in this area after graduating.