Past and Current Research and Evaluation Projects

Use these tools and resources to assess civic learning.

1) The Role of Service-Learning on the Retention of First-Year Students to Second Year

This research investigated whether or not student enrollment in a service-learning course in the fall semester of college was related to (a) intentions to stay on that campus, based on self-reports at the end of the semester, and (b) reenrollment the following fall on that campus, based on reports from campus registrars the following fall.

For more information on this research, please see the article, published in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.


2) Civic Minded Graduate: A North Star

The conceptual framework for the Civic-Minded Graduate (CMG) construct is detailed in this study as well as three measurement procedures (i.e., CMG Scale, CMG Narrative Prompt and Rubric, CMG Interview Protocol and Rubric) that evaluate the construct. The results from these three studies provide evidence of the psychometric properties of each measurement procedure and converging evidence to support the meaningfulness of the CMG construct.

For more information on this research, please see the article, published in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.


3) The Relationship between Service Learning and Deep Learning

Research Question: Do college students who participate in service learning courses report higher levels of deep learning skills than students who do not participate in service learning courses? 

For more detail on this study, please see the research brief


4) Episodic Volunteer Experiences:  Implications for Civic-Mindedness of College Students

Research Question: To what extent is participation in a short-term episodic service event associated with civic-mindedness and likelihood of future philanthropic activities? 

This research paper has been submitted for publication.  For additional information, please contact Tom Hahn at tomhahn@iupui.edu.


5) Evaluating Digital Stories as Authentic Evidence of Civic-Mindedness

Research Question: To what extent are digital stories an effective means to capture civic-mindedness? 

For more detail on this study, please see the research brief.


6) Service Scholarships Study

Research Question: To what extent are there differences in the development of civic-mindedness of SHJ Scholars and Scholars where service is not the primary component of the award?

This research paper is being submitted for publication.  For additional information, please contact Tom Hahn at tomhahn@iupui.edu.


7) CMG Validation Study

This research consists of three studies administered at IUPUI and Appalachian State University that surveyed students on a variety of scales to provide construct validation of the Civic-Minded Graduate Scale. The research paper is being submitted for publication. For additional information, please contact Tom Hahn at tomhahn@iupui.edu.


8) PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNITY PARTNERS REGARDING THE SAM H. JONES COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARS

The purpose of this program evaluation was to understand perceptions of community partners who have partnered with CSL to host Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship recipients. 

For more detail on the evaluation, please see the evaluation brief.


9) IUPUI Alumni Study

Research Questions:   

  • What is the level of community engagement for alumni who participated in service learning courses compared to those who did not? Is there a dosage effect?
  • Are alumni who received the Sam H. Jones service scholarship while attending IUPUI more likely to participate in community service now? To what extent?
  • What is the CMP (civic-minded professional) score of an IUPUI alumnus? Does it differ based on their community engagement experiences while at IUPUI? How so?
  • What is the relationship between current gross salary and community engagement experiences while at IUPUI?
  • Is the student loan debt level of Sam Jones scholarship alumni different from other alumni?
  • Are alumni who were involved in community engagement while at IUPUI more likely to be working in Indiana now?