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2016 National Survey of Senior Capstone Experiences: Expanding Our Understanding of Culminating Experiences


Author(s): Young, D. G., Chung, J. K., Hoffman, D. E., & Bronkema, R.

Citation: Young, D. G., Chung, J. K., Hoffman, D. E., & Bronkema, R. (2017). 2016 National Survey of Senior Capstone Experiences: Expanding Our Understanding of Culminating Experiences. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

 

Abstract

This research report details findings from the 2016 National Survey of Senior Capstone Experiences (NSSCE) and the potential implications for practice and research. The goal of this report is to offer insight on institutional goals for the senior year and how senior capstone experiences vary across institutional and campus contexts. Findings are divided into the following areas: (a) description of sample, (b) institutional focus on senior year, and (c) overview of senior capstone experiences. Due to the difference in mission, goals, and organization of two-year and four-year institutions, the majority of the findings revolve around four-year schools; however, an analysis of the capstone experiences at two-year colleges is included. Discussions explore how the senior capstone experience may support institutional goals surrounding post-graduation plans and the development of critical thinking skills, methods institutions can use to better prepare students for senior capstone experiences, and the potential for future research studies. Appendices include a description of survey methodology, a list of participating institutions, the survey instrument, and frequency of responses to NSSCE questions by institutional control and size.

 

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