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ERIC Number: ED587184
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May-28
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
A Case Study Analysis: Student Perceptions of the SUNY Applied Learning Program
Hezel Associates
In February 2015, the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and the Business-Higher Education Forum announced a partnership to create over 100,000 new applied learning opportunities for SUNY students. This effort falls in line with Chancellor Zimpher's goal of ensuring that every SUNY student enrolled in an academic program has access to an applied learning experience prior to graduation. SUNY has partnered with Hezel Associates, a research and evaluation firm based in Syracuse, NY, to conduct focus groups at Cayuga Community College, SUNY Oswego and Stony Brook University. The three institutions were purposefully selected to showcase the diversity of applied learning experiences within the SUNY system. In total, Hezel Associates researchers conducted four onsite focus groups. Across all three schools, students participated in one focus group. Specifically, this study explored the following research questions: (1) Did student experiences meet the SUNY definition of Applied Learning? (2) What were the students' perceptions of their applied learning experiences? (3) How did learning outcomes differ from traditional educational experiences? (4) Do students have a preference in terms of learning approaches? In this report, Hezel Associates provides an overview of the SUNY Applied Learning Program, a description of the evaluation methods used, narrative descriptions of each focus group conducted, and a cross-case analysis that identifies key themes across all four focus groups. Finally, this report also addresses each of the above research questions. This research finds that across three schools, the SUNY Applied Learning Model is being deployed consistently. As the case descriptions show from each institution studied, students have found tremendous value in their experiences. [This report is proprietary to State University of New York (SUNY).]
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Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Authoring Institution: Hezel Associates
Identifiers - Location: New York