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ERIC Number: ED498261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep-7
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
A University's Multifaceted Approach to Measuring Character and Spirituality Outcomes
Terry, Ron; Wygant, Steve; Olsen, Danny; Howell, Scott
Online Submission
Since its founding in 1875, Brigham Young University (BYU) has served a mission defined by its sponsoring institution which includes elements of character and spirituality (affective domain) in addition to the intellectual (cognitive domain). However, it is only since the establishment of the Office of Institutional Assessment and Analysis (hereafter Office) in 1996 that BYU has undertaken a strategic, comprehensive effort to assess the degree to which these affective outcomes have been realized. Through gathering data from students, faculty, alumni and employers of alumni, BYU is able to provide evidence that these affective aspects of its mission are being fulfilled. Based on university foundational documents, the Office developed constructs defining character and spirituality which allowed for measurement and assessment. In an effort to also benchmark the university's relative standing on these affective constructs with other universities of comparison, the Office identified three national studies and instruments: the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Faculty Survey, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), and the National Academic Integrity Study survey. To make the evaluation complete, it then developed and adopted five institutional instruments: the BYU Alumni Questionnaire; the BYU Senior Survey; the Employers of BYU Graduates Survey; the BYU Mission, Aims, and Objectives Study; and BYU Student Ratings. This article briefly describes each of these eight instruments and then summarizes key findings from each (two tables are included). One of the most significant findings is taken from the NSSE study wherein 96 percent of students reported that they participate in activities that enhance spirituality "often" or "very often" and that they experience substantial growth from their experience at BYU in developing a personal code of values and ethics. This result was further substantiated by the Academic Integrity Study that found BYU students cheat significantly less than the national norm. (Contains 2 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement