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The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, is partnering with the following organizations to conduct the 2013 National Survey of Peer Leaders:

We invite your campus to indicate its interest in participating in this research. Please review the following benefits, expectations, and information about participation. If your institution is interested in participating in this project, please fill out the form to indicate interest in participation. For priority consideration, please indicate interest in participation by March 18, 2013.

It is our intention to select a group of institutions from those who have indicated interest in participation to both form a nationally representative sample as well as involve campuses that have a robust offering of peer leadership experiences. As such, not all institutions who indicate interest will be selected for participation in the research project.

Benefits of participation:

  • Students will be eligible for a drawing for incentives that includes four $500 flight vouchers and 10 $100 American Express gift cards
  • Institution will receive a log-in to view a webinar that will present the results from the research
  • A research report will be published outlining the overall results of responses from all participating institutions
  • Your institution will be making a contribution to the knowledge base around structure and outcomes of peer leadership experiences in higher education

To participate in this research, your institution would agree to the following:

  • Administer the National Survey of Peer Leaders to a wide variety of students who are peer leaders on campus, via an online survey
  • Designate one person to coordinate the National Survey of Peer Leaders project for the campus (campus project coordinator)
  • The campus project coordinator will contact all offices that might sponsor peer leaders across campus to ensure that all peer leader types on the campus will be represented. A definition of a peer leader and a list of types of peer leadership experiences can be found here.
  • Administer the survey for a minimum of three weeks between March 26 and June 1, 2013
  • Send a minimum of two email reminders to students for survey completion
  • Out of courtesy for the students, minimize the number of times a student receives the link to the online survey, as reasonably as possible
  • Notify the National Resource Center an estimate of the number of students who receive the link to participate in the National Survey of Peer Leaders
  • Agree to complete an institutional questionnaire to provide information about peer leadership experiences and structures on your campus

More information about participation:

  • The National Resource Center has secured IRB approval for this research project through the University of South Carolina. Individual campuses are responsible for any additional approval needed from their institution's IRB.
  • The National Survey of Peer Leaders is set to launch on March 26, 2013.
  • The National Survey of Peer Leaders will close at 11:59 PM, EST on June 1, 2013.
  • Drawing for the Incentives will be conducted after the close of data collection.
  • The webinar is set to be conducted in late fall 2013 or early spring 2014. Information about access to the webinar will be emailed to each campus representative.
  • A copy of the IRB approval from the University of South Carolina has been uploaded and can be used for any additional IRB approval. This IRB approval can be found by clicking here.
  • To aid each institution, we have uploaded a definition we use to define a Peer Leader and a list of types of peer leadership experiences and offices that sponsor peer leaders. This list can be useful for contacting offices across your campus to invite students complete the National Survey of Peer Leaders. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list and you may find offices and leadership types that are not included on this list. The link to this list can be found here.

Project Research Team:

Dallin George Young - Principal Investigator
Jessica Hopp - Co-Principal Investigator

If you have questions, concerns, or are in need of more information, please contact us at: NRCRSRCH@mailbox.sc.edu

 


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