The primary purpose of a SCI co-curricular is to increase the number of students exposed to the Scholar-Citizen initiative including its learning outcomes and associated pedagogical practices. Additionally, SCI co-curriculars contribute to one of the three areas of psycho-social development targeted by the Scholar-Citizen program:
- Reflective Judgment, and
- Intercultural Knowledge and Competence.
There are three “tiers” of SCI co-curriculars to support both broad student exposure to the learning and psycho-social developmental goals of the SC program as well as the academic and co-curricular requirements of our Scholar-Citizens and Scholar-Citizen Fellows.
Tier 1 (broad appeal and relevance, indirect assessment through survey administration to attendees)
Broadly targeted events such as a campus lecture by nationally known speakers. The impact of these events is measured by student attendance and indirect survey assessment. SC staff are available to help track student attendance and the SC office has card swipers that may be checked out by event organizers to help with this process. The morning following a SC event, student attendees receive a short, 5-item survey which includes an enhanced comment box encouraging student reflection on the event and its relevance to her or his classroom and lived experiences. Upon request, event-specific questions may be added to the survey and the results released to the event coordinators.
Please note that event organizers are asked to allocate a space for an SC information table at the event and to include the SC logo on any poster or other campus communication tool promoting the event.
Tier 2 (faculty designed events tied to a course, set of courses, or other academic program; direct assessment through student reflections in associated course(s))
Tier 2 co-curricular programs are experiences that may be open to the campus community but that are directly tied to one or more academic courses. In addition to indirect tracking of student attendance and administering of the generic survey to event attendees, students enrolled in the connected courses are assigned a specific learning activity and their works are collected as a direct measure of student learning. Additionally, SC Fellows may choose to use the event to springboard discussion and as the topic of an e-portfolio reflection.
Tier 3 (student-designed projects; direct assessment through SCF ePortfolio)
Tier 3 co-curriculars are high-level integrated and intensive learning experiences designed and led by Scholar-Citizen Fellows. An example might be an SCF’s design of an international internship that conforms with one or more SC learning outcomes, an intense applied research experience that conforms to SC learning outcomes, or of a student-led alternative spring break. Designing and successfully completing at least one Tier 3 co-curricular is a requirement for all Scholar-Citizen Fellows.