Event Title

GSU Values: Results from Campus-wide Symposium on Civic Engagement

Location

D1497

Start Date

1-4-2016 11:55 AM

End Date

1-4-2016 12:10 PM

Description

Governors State University (GSU) is an Illinois public university that has a diverse community providing education to students of all ages, from different backgrounds and interests. During a campus-wide symposium on October 23, 2015, 139 members of the campus community came together for a guided discussion on campus values, civic literacy and inquiry, civic prompts for a classroom, and civic engagement for the campus. The aim of this study was to report on the results of the table discussions during the symposium, including the values collected from the groups and determine the top values of the GSU community. Participants represented four different campus constituents, 26 students, 34 faculty, 37 academic administrators, 42 student affairs officers and staff. Following the full day workshop, all of the handwritten notes were collected and analyzed. After organization by table, the values were typed into a separate document. The values were then entered into NVivo11 Software to get a word count to determine the values that were written most frequently. Two researchers independently combined words that were similar. Next, the two researchers combined similar words into larger categories, which were again put into NVivo11 to recount and create word clouds. After the initial NVivo11 word count, there were 63 words. The top 5 values of GSU were determined to be equality and equity (23%), freedom (13%), justice (12%), respect (11%), and integrity (5%). In conclusion, the top values of the GSU community were determined. GSU is a community that values equality and equity, freedom, justice, respect, and integrity the most. In addition, participants made suggestions for how those could be carried out on campus.

Comments

Dr. Ann Vendrely is an Associate Provost/Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in the Office of the Provost and Ms. Lauraetta Smith is a graduate student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, College of Health and Human Services.

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GSU Values: Results from Campus-wide Symposium on Civic Engagement

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Governors State University (GSU) is an Illinois public university that has a diverse community providing education to students of all ages, from different backgrounds and interests. During a campus-wide symposium on October 23, 2015, 139 members of the campus community came together for a guided discussion on campus values, civic literacy and inquiry, civic prompts for a classroom, and civic engagement for the campus. The aim of this study was to report on the results of the table discussions during the symposium, including the values collected from the groups and determine the top values of the GSU community. Participants represented four different campus constituents, 26 students, 34 faculty, 37 academic administrators, 42 student affairs officers and staff. Following the full day workshop, all of the handwritten notes were collected and analyzed. After organization by table, the values were typed into a separate document. The values were then entered into NVivo11 Software to get a word count to determine the values that were written most frequently. Two researchers independently combined words that were similar. Next, the two researchers combined similar words into larger categories, which were again put into NVivo11 to recount and create word clouds. After the initial NVivo11 word count, there were 63 words. The top 5 values of GSU were determined to be equality and equity (23%), freedom (13%), justice (12%), respect (11%), and integrity (5%). In conclusion, the top values of the GSU community were determined. GSU is a community that values equality and equity, freedom, justice, respect, and integrity the most. In addition, participants made suggestions for how those could be carried out on campus.