Title: Cohort Programs and Student Success at MSU
Presenters: Renee C. Brown (Center for Community Engaged Learning); Stephanie Brewer, Ph.D. (Center for Community Engaged Learning) and Erin Kramer (Center for Community Engaged Learning)
Date: May 11th, 2023
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Join paper authors, Renee Brown, Director, Dr. Stephanie Brewer, Academic Programs Manager, and Erin Kramer, Program Coordinator as they share 7 years of program data and outcomes for the MSU Community Engagement Scholars Program. This program is a partnership between the Center for Community Engaged Learning and the Office of the President. It launched in the fall of 2016.
This cohort scholar program focuses on students who wish to develop themselves as community engagement scholars. It has an emphasis on community and economic development. Scholars learn together and in cohort and individually through their year-long experiences with community partners from across the state of Michigan.
This presentation will address the effectiveness of the cohort curriculum, a participants’ learning assessment, and an overview of how the intentionally inclusive application process has brought forth strong cohorts each year. Stories of success for both the undergraduate student participants and the graduate student coordinators will also be shared.
Recognizing the need for this program to grow and in ways that better support the desires of partners and participants to focus on social justice within community and economic development, this program will introduce as new program version in the coming years. The presenters will also share a vision for the future of this type of cohort community engagement program and how it might better serve more students and partners as a sustainable model.