Creative Inquiry

Student Survey 2012

 I.  Number of CI students and projects in Spring semester 2012*
  • 2,083 students
  • 371 Teams in 228 Active Projects
In the 2011-2012 academic year, 3100 students participated in 371 Creative Inquiry teams for 228 projects.

II. Assessment Results (April 2012 survey of CI students)

In April 2012, a survey was administered to all Creative Inquiry groups; 1049 surveys were completed.

The results were used to assess the efficacy of the program, to target areas of the program for improvement and to target student groups/ disciplines that could benefit from greater involvement with Creative Inquiry.

 

Pie chart showing number of students in Clemson University Creative Inquiry1. Students participate in Creative Inquiry at all stages of their Clemson career, though few begin as early as freshman year. Most students participate as seniors (42%) or juniors (28%).
 
College break down of Clemson University students in Creative Inquiry2. Students participate in Creative Inquiry projects in all of Clemson’s colleges, with the greatest number in Engineering and Science (27.5%), Agriculture, Forestry and Life Science (27.0%), and Health Education and Human Development (22.2%)

3. Students report participating in Creative Inquiry projects for 1 to 10 semesters. The average is 2.08 +1.23 semesters. Most students remain in the same project. 32.5% of students report participating in more than one Creative Inquiry project.                  

4. Students engage in various types of research experiences; 300 students reported that they participated in research programs other than Creative Inquiry, such as senior or independent research, or participation in various sponsored research programs. Some students began research at Clemson while in high school, through the Summer Program for Research Interns (42), or in the summer prior to their freshman year in the EUREKA! Program (19).

Chart 4 Clemson University Creative Inquiry survey results.

5. Using a scale of one to seven, where 1 represents no confidence and 7 represents complete confidence, students identified their levels of confidence in their ability to perform the following research-related tasks.

Chart 5 Clemson University Creative Inquiry survey results.

6. Students expressed their views of the role of research in the university on a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 represents the strongest disagreement and 7 represents the strongest agreement, by indicating their level of agreement with the following statements.

Chart 6 Clemson University Creative Inquiry survey results.


7.  Students reported that they felt that they engaged in applied or design-based research: in their majors/programs (66.5%); in Creative Inquiry (58.1%); or in a different research program (9.4%).  8.1% felt that they had not engaged in applied or design-based research.             

8. Students (81.2%) agreed that Creative Inquiry gave them research opportunities that were not otherwise offered to undergraduates in their major or program. 

9.  Students (62.7%) stated that they completed a significant research project as part of their undergraduate program of study, or were working on such a project when the survey was taken. A significant research project was defined as one in which the student did all of the following: carefully formulated or addressed a question, problem, or objective; analyzed it within a disciplinary or interdisciplinary framework; produced finding, conclusions, designs, or creative works; and clearly communicated and defended your work to a critical audience.

10.  Students (38.3%) traveled or planned to travel to gather data for their research or to present their research (e.g. at an academic conference). Travel was variously described as being in the local area (23.8%), other areas of South Carolina (20.5%), in other U.S. states (22.6%), or internationally (7.9%). The CI program provided travel grants to 125 students.

11.  Students reported that they used the following facilities to conduct their Creative Inquiry projects*
 
FACILITIES/LOCATIONS      
A Clemson laboratory — 39.7%
A Clemson off-campus facility or farm — 13.0%
Clemson libraries — 37.9%
A location outside of the University, but within the local community — 20.9%
A location outside of the University, but within the state of South Carolina — 14.0%
A location outside of South Carolina in another part of the United States — 7.5%
A location outside of the United States — 3.5%

Percentages exceed 100% because students were invited to list multiple locations

12.  As part of their Creative Inquiry project, 23.8% of students authored or co-authored a piece of work that was submitted for publication or presentation at a conference.

13.  Creative Inquiry projects resulted in 668 performances, oral or poster presentations at conferences, and other types of presentations, such as to clients, potential Clemson donors, or at competitions.

14.  Students in Creative Inquiry projects assisted with faculty or graduate student research (53.3%), or worked on a project that was entirely the idea of the undergraduate students on the Team (12.2%).

15.  Students overwhelmingly asserted that their Creative Inquiry experience contributed “quite a bit” (59.6%) or “somewhat” (28.9%) to their overall educational experience at Clemson University.

Chart 15 Clemson University Creative Inquiry survey results.

16.  Most students identified having Clemson University faculty (74.0%) as their Creative Inquiry mentors. Some students identified graduate students (23.7%) or others (2.2%) as their mentors. Of the students reporting graduate student mentors, 132 also had faculty mentors.

Chart 16 Clemson University Creative Inquiry survey results.

17.  Students were most often (71.6%) mentored by faculty in the departments in which they were completing majors degree programs. Students also identified mentors who were in the departments in which they were completing minors (3.9%) or in other departments (24.5%).

18.  Students most often participated in Creative Inquiry projects in their own colleges (84.8%).

19.  The great majority of students (91.2%) were satisfied or very satisfied with what they learned from their Creative Inquiry experiences.

Chart 20 Clemson University Creative Inquiry survey results.

20.  The great majority of students (90.8%) were satisfied or very satisfied with their involvement with their Creative Inquiry mentors.

Chart 20 Clemson University Creative Inquiry survey results.

21.  Students made 778 overwhelmingly positive comments on the value of their Creative Inquiry experience with very few suggestions for improvements. Comments are depicted visually and listed on the following pages.

Word collage Clemson University Creative Inquiry survey results.