An Integrated educational experience draws students together with faculty and with one another through meaningful curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities. Programming synthesizes learning across the curriculum, emphasizing curiosity and inquiry through research and reflection. Selected metrics detailing achievements related to our Integrated learning goals are available at right.

Significant Outcomes:

  • Participation in the Faculty Student Research Program (FSRP) rose to its highest level ever in 2016 -17, connecting 110 students with faculty partners in research experiences. And, seven students were awarded President’s Fellowships for Summer Research.
  • The Provost Assessment Scholars program, launched in 2016, was formed to help students to participate in the continuous improvement process. Fifteen students, representing each of the three academic colleges, joined with the first program cohort. Current projects include assessment of student experiences related to the University’s institutional learning outcomes and general education program, student participation in residential learning communities, and student health behaviors. 
  • In spring 2017, ground was broken for 11-acre Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. Athletics Campus, located in south Scranton. The Campus will provide needed athletics, intramural and recreational sports space for University students, as well as recreational space for our neighbors in the Scranton community. 
  • The opening of the Center for the Analysis and Prevention of Crime, which will provide education, certification, and professional development in criminal justice techniques and data and statistical analysis for University students and local law enforcement professionals.

New academic offerings were launched at the University this past year, including:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree program in Physiology
  • An online Master’s of Science degree program in Finance
  • A minor and concentration in Business Analytics
  • An Exercise Science track in Applied Kinesiology
  • Launch of a new non-credit Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program

One new living/learning community - SITE - was created, bringing the total to 11 residential learning communities offered.

  • In 2016-17, 221 (22 percent) of all first-year students participated in living-learning communities. Fifteen percent of all residential students took part in residential learning communities.LLC
  • The Scranton Innovative Thought and Entrepreneurship (SITE) community is open to students of all majors and minors who are interested in developing the skills, attitudes, behaviors, and vision necessary to be a successful innovator.  SITE is linked with the Entrepreneurship First Year Seminar, which provides opportunities to develop the entrepreneurial skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to excel in a rapidly changing world, within the context of Ignatian identity and values.  68 students are part of the first 2017-18 community cohort.
  • Participation in the Global Exchange Community grew from 27 participants in 2015-16 to 53 participants in 2016-17.

Other Achievements:

  • The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) adopted the GrantSelect software, enabling faculty and students access to this online database of funding opportunities.
  • The Office of the Registrar and Academic Services announced the availability of online electronic transcript ordering for current students and alumni, providing 24/7, worldwide service.   
  • In Athletics, the University announced the addition of both indoor and outdoor men’s and women’s Track and Field, and women’s Golf to its intercollegiate sports offerings.
  • Members of the University's Office of Educational Assessment and Assessment Advisory Committee presented on current student learning assessment initiatives at Drexel University's annual higher education assessment conference.

Strategic Metrics

Student participation in learning communities, including residential learning communities

Student participation in research experiences, particularly those with faculty

Faculty research activities and scholarship products

Number of new academic programs, including four- and five-year accelerated programs

Post-graduation outcomes: employment, education, and full-time service

Number of students participating in selected high impact practices (HIPs) by graduation

Percent of academic programs completing assessment plans and reports each year

Student satisfaction with academic advising and other support services (NSSE)

Students connecting learning to societal problems or issues (NSSE)

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