ERIC Number: ED415282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Year One Evaluation University at Albany/SUNY Project Renaissance.
Singer, Maureen; Miwa, Keiko
Project Renaissance is a program offered to first-year students at the University of Albany (State University of New York). The purpose is to provide a multi-disciplinary integrated approach to curriculum, supporting a more cohesive environment that recognizes the individual student's cognitive and social needs. Participants are housed in the same residence hall and attend classes together for at least 6 hours weekly. The teaching method is also multi-disciplinary. An evaluation of the first year of the project was conducted to determine participants' initial program expectations, perception of program implementation, and initial outcomes. Interviews with faculty and staff, student focus groups, classroom observations, and surveys of students and parents (approximately 149 students and 34 parents initially) provided evaluation data. Participation benefited students though living with those with whom they attended classes, and the project assisted students in building relationships with faculty, staff, and other students. Faculty benefited by gaining colleagues and by being exposed to new experiences. Program staff members and residence hall staff felt that they also benefited from program participation. Project Renaissance increased student retention and recruitment while giving the university the feel of a close-knit community. Students suggested that more interaction and organization between faculty and students would improve the project, and they recommended a better definition for the program brochure. An appendix contains the program evaluation surveys. (Contains 16 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Evaluation Consortium.