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Types and Tiers

SCI Tiers

Echoing Bloom's taxonomic model, the higher the tier and height in the pyramid, the greater the intensity of the experience and the more specific the assessment methodology.

There are two, broad types of SCI learning experiences: academic (i.e., credit-bearing), and co-curricular (non-credit-bearing).  Within these categories are experiences of varying intensity ranging from simple exposure to the goals and learning outcomes of the Scholar-Citizen program through broadly targeted “Tier 1” co-curricular experiences, to advanced “Tier 3” opportunities in public service, leadership, and applied research for students pursuing distinction as Scholar-Citizens or Scholar-Citizen Fellows (SCFs). 

In order to measure the impact of SCI academic and co-curricular experiences over time on student learning and psycho-social development, faculty and experience designers participate in an ongoing assessment process that includes survey research and collection of student works with critical reflections.

SCI experiences are classified and assessed according to a tiered system of intensity ranging from broadly-targeted public events such as a public lecture or performance (Tier 1), to co-curricular events targeted to support a specific set of learning outcomes for a specific set of students (Tiers 2 and 3), to specific courses and projects within courses.