In the spring of 2014, Implementation Team 2 conducted a short faculty-staff survey to begin the process of understanding more about how the University partners with external organizations and groups to help students learn. While the survey yielded some good baseline information (outlined below), the Team is currently working to enhance this data through one-on-one meetings with Deans and campus-wide partnership champions. Results of these meetings will be shared upon completion.
Approximately 220 people participated in the survey, of whom 57% were faculty and 44% were staff. Half of the responding faculty members involve students in activities with groups or organizations outside the University; the remaining 50% do not. 59% of those faculty members who involve students in activities with external partners include such activities as part of a course; 41% do not. 57% of those faculty members who involve students in activities with external partners as part of a course require their students to participate in the activities; 43% do not.
Survey respondents identified these as the most frequent activities involving students with external partners: service learning, research projects, volunteering and visits to classes by experts. Other partnership activities include paid and unpaid internships, informational interviews, clinical rotations and student teaching experiences, mock interviews, job shadows and capstone projects.
Survey participants noted more than 220 individual external partnerships in these substantive careers.