Student Life - Research

Long-Term Outcomes: How Participation in Project Community Affects UM Alumni

Project Community is one of the University of Michigan's longest running community service-learning (CSL) programs. Between 350 and 450 UM undergrads participate in one of Project Community's 30+ sections each academic year. Students work with a community partner in one of five program areas: education, public health, criminal justice, gender and sexuality, and organizing for social justice. This study examines the long term learning outcomes of this effort on alumni.

A Research Study of Student Success for Engineering Majors Compared to Other STEM Majors

One of the objectives of this research was to understand why Michigan has a high freshman retention rate for the science, math and engineering majors. This research question was explored using the CIRP survey to define incoming freshmen's values, expectations, and high school experiences. A statistical model was developed to predict academic success as measured by the student's first year GPA and persistence to the second year.

Financial Resources and College Choice: How students envision college careers

In the State of Michigan and throughout America discussion about the affordability of higher education abounds. Of great concern is whether prospective students and their families can aspire to the full range of higher education institutions, and with what means they can achieve their educational goals. Throughout this issue, we will discuss key elements of this financial equation. Students' choices of institution, confidence in their ability to pay for college, and resources for financial support all play a role in their decisions to apply, enroll, and remain connected to any college or university.

What Is Emerging in Research about Millennials?

For the past two decades, writers have speculated about how the Millennial Generation would emerge into adulthood. In 2005, almost all University of Michigan undergraduates, and many Michigan graduate and professional students, are part of this generation, which generally includes individuals born between 1980 and 2000. What we can learn from research, theory and demographic trends may shape how we educate these undergraduate and graduate students. This generation will most certainly shape universities nationwide. This is particularly true of highly selective institutions such as the University of Michigan, since the education at these universities is driven highly by the leadership and academic qualities of our students.

Voting in the Streets: Students' Approach to Developing Political Identity.

Embarking on a new chapter in life, entering college students often bring with them a certain curiosity, and a desire to make a difference in the world around them. How may this probing desire affect voting and political identity in students during college and in later years? Are students who hold "middle of the road" views less likely to be engaged in the community? Where do we draw the line when it comes to encouraging student activism and political expression?