The college is in the third year of administering a national survey on student research practices and information literacy skills. The Research Practices Survey will be administered to all first-year students and to seniors this spring. Email invitations will go out to students on March 20 and will be open until April 24.
Through this survey we hope to assess the following areas: information literacy skills and pre-college research experiences of first-year students; first-year students’ information literacy skills and research experience after one year of college and after four years of college; how students’ information literacy skills change over four years of college; and how our students compare with those of students at other institutions. Since 2004, the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) has administered this survey to more than 30,000 undergraduates at over 60 colleges and universities.
The data from the survey will be used to inform us about where and how students experience research at Hope and how well we are preparing them to do college-level research. This data could be important to current conversations about writing in the disciplines, general education and the research experience at Hope.
While students can win an iPad mini or one of six $50.00 Amazon gift cards by participating in the survey, we know that faculty can make a big difference in student behavior. If you are currently teaching first-year and/or senior students, please take a moment to encourage them to complete this survey.