Research Design

The mixed methods research project will utilize interviews, document analysis, participant observation, focus groups, and survey methodology to investigate the following project goals:

  1. Increased persistence in STEM majors—do the projects lead to increased persistence for STEM students?
  2. Understand the value of the three interrelated interventions—are there benefits or advantages of connecting the three interventions? Are different types of integration or connection more beneficial for student success or for project sustainability? Are certain forms or designs of each intervention more successful than others?
  3. Understand whether the projects shape or alter campus climates related to student learning and support in STEM fields—how do the projects change values and behaviors within STEM departments? How does this look different across campus sites? What characteristics of project design are associated with different degrees of change?