Participation in High-Impact Learning Experiences

Gettysburg students participate in many high-impact learning experiences such as capstone course or experience (part of the graduation requirements) or study abroad, which are associated with a variety of desirable learning and personal development outcomes.

Internships

Despite the disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly seven out of ten students in the 2021 graduating class completed an internship during their undergraduate education at the College, enriching their academic learning and gaining valuable work experience.

Graduating ClassInternship Participation Rate
2021 (pandemic year) 68%
2020 (pandemic year) 74%
2019 77%
2018 74%
2017 80%
2016 78%
2015 80%
2014 70%
2013 67%

Study Abroad

Close to 60% of the Class of 2021 graduates (who entered in Fall 2017) studied abroad for a semester or an academic year, enriching their academic learning and developing a sense of global citizenship.

Entering CohortGraduated in% of Graduates Who Studied Abroad*
2017** 2021 57%
2016 2020 59%
2015 2019 56%
2014 2018 57%
2013 2017 54%
2012 2016 58%
2011 2015 58%
2010 2014 54%
2009 2013 56%
2008 2012 57%
2007 2011 53%

*Includes study abroad (for academic credit) for a semester or an academic year (excluding summer). Participation rate (%)=N of students in a given cohort who studied abroad and graduated in four years divided by the number of students in the initial cohort who graduated in four years. **Because of the pandemic, some students' study-abroad plan for 2020-21 might have been disrupted. 

Undergraduate Research

Despite the disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, 56% of the 2021 graduating class worked with faculty on research during their undergraduate career at Gettysburg, enhancing their level of deep learning and intellectual development.

Graduating ClassUndergraduate Research Participation Rate
2021 56%
2019 55%
2018 51%
2017 57%
2016 55%
2015 56%
2014 57%
2013 55%

First-Year Seminar

First-year seminars (FYS) provide first-year students an opportunity to work closely with a faculty member and a small cohort of peers to explore a topic that they all find interesting. FYS employ and develop a variety of skills including writing, speaking, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and the use of technology or instrumentation. Starting from Fall 2020, all students are required to take a FYS; BURG has also evolved. 

Entering CohortFirst Year Seminar ParticipationBURG Participation
2019 96% 50%
2018 94% 50%
2017 95% 47%
2016 88% 55%
2015 83% 38%
2014 84% 43%
2013 83% 45%
2012 85% 41%

Leadership Experience

During their undergraduate career at the College, 59% of the 2019 graduating class served in a leadership role/roles: Residence Life staff (e. g., RA, ARLC/RC, CA, OL), campus organization/club officer (e. g., in Student Senate, Greek organizations, clubs), athletic team captain, program coordinator (e. g., in CPS, Campus Recreation), tour guide, GLC leadership mentor, Eisenhower Institute leadership program participant, or similar leadership positions, substantially enhancing their leadership skills.

Graduating Class% Serving in a
Leadership Role(s)
% Reporting Leadership
Skills Substantially** Enhanced
2019 59% 87%
2018 61% 90%
2017 63% 91%
2016 64% 92%
2015 69% 82%
2014 69% 83%
2013 67% 88%
2012  65% 83%
2011 58% 86%
2010 66% 87%

**“Substantially” is the combined % of students reporting leadership skills “Moderately” or “Greatly” enhanced (Rating Scale: Not at all--A little--Moderately--Greatly)

Community Service

Despite the disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, 82% of the 2021 graduates participated in community service during their undergraduate years at Gettysburg, strengthening their civic engagement.

Graduating ClassCommunity Service Participation Rate
2021 82%
2019 86%
2018 88%
2017 86%
2016 89%
2015 87%
2014 83%
2013 80%

Service Learning

In Spring 2020, 71% of seniors reported that at least some of their courses at this institution had included a community-based project (service-learning), integrating classroom learning with civic and community engagement.

Graduating ClassService Learning Participation RateAverage of Liberal Arts Colleges
2020 71% 63%
2017 68% 62%
2014 64% 62%

 

Notes: 1) All data (except Study Abroad, First Year Seminar, and Service Learning) are based on student self-reports on the annual graduating senior survey. Approximately 95% of graduating seniors completed the survey every year, except for 2020 and 2021 when participation rate was 38% and 80% respectively due to the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic; additionally, in 2020 and 2021, a shortened survey instrument was used thus some questions (e.g., leadership) were not asked. 2) Data source for Study Abroad: Office of the Registrar & Office of Institutional Analysis. 3) Data source for First Year Seminar: Office of the Registrar. 4) Data source for Service Learning: student self-reports on National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). 5) High-Impact Educational Practices is a term popularized by NSSE founding director George Kuh: https://www.aacu.org/leap/hips

Source

Office of Institutional Analysis