We focused our research on SCADpro, which is a collaborative design studio that connects current and future art and design professionals with business leaders to find creative and inventive solutions to real-world challenges. SCADpro experiences have positive impacts on student outcomes so we wanted to research which students were enrolling in SCADpro courses. We did a historical SCADpro enrollment analysis to determine which students were participating in SCADpro courses. Female students participate in SCADpro courses at a higher rate than male students. Domestic students (U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Resident Alien) participate in SCADpro courses at a higher rate than international students. Students of color participate in SCADpro courses at lower rates than international students and white students.
Our project will improve student participation in High Impact Practices (HIP) and identify ways to assess the participation of diverse populations. We will explore If there are inequities in the framework for the High Impact Practices, whether diverse populations have access, and if there are gaps in student awareness and understanding of these HIPs. As a result of this project, students will become more cognizant of their opportunities for engagement and will increase retention and graduation rates.
It is helpful to share this information with SCADpro leadership for them to be aware of the data. Then, allow their team to strategize how to incorporate an equitable framework within their processes. To ensure sustainability, consistency in historical enrollment analyses will be crucial for measuring metrics and tracking progress. As the focus is on SCADpro for now, once a model is established, it would be easier to apply the foundational outline to other HIP areas.