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ERIC Number: ED515970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 143
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-1976-5
The Impact of the Five Dimensions of the Saint Louis University Experience on the Education of the Whole Person
Rogan, Elizabeth Gayle
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Saint Louis University
The Five Dimensions of the Saint Louis University Experience were developed by Saint Louis University leaders in the late 1990s as a framework for identifying and assessing the student engagement outcomes at the University. In the language of the document, "reflective of its mission, Saint Louis University strives to engage its students in five interrelated dimensions contributing to the development of the whole person: scholarship and knowledge, intellectual inquiry and communication, community building, leadership and service, and spirituality and values." Saint Louis University has conducted earlier research on the level of student engagement in the Five Dimensions, which have included studies based on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), original alumni surveys and "Graduating Senior Surveys." The VOICES Project (VOcation, Interiority, Community, and Engaged Service) at Saint Louis University has assessed students' level of integration of their academic lives with their personal spirituality and vocation. This study sought to determine whether or not--and how--the Five Dimensions of the Saint Louis University Experience impact the development of the whole person at Saint Louis University. It utilized a hybrid research protocol, blending quantitative and qualitative methods. The study surveyed 201 May 2009 graduates of Saint Louis University, using an on-line survey of 30 closed-ended and 3 open-ended questions, and an additional 6 personal interviews. Quantitative results indicated that most students engaged in all Five Dimensions of the Saint Louis University Experience. However, only a minority of student respondents indicated a full appreciation of the integration of all Five Dimensions by graduation. While students were strongly aware of the integration of the dimensions of scholarship and knowledge and intellectual inquiry and communication, fewer students had fully integrated these aspects of their experience at SLU with community building, leadership and service or spirituality and values by the time of their graduations. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri