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 based on

Internships

Despite the disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, seven out of ten students in the 2022 graduating class completed an internship during their undergraduate education at the College, enriching their academic learning and gaining valuable work experience.

Graduating ClassInternship (Paid or Unpaid) Participation Rate
2022 71%
2021 68%
2020 74%
2019 77%
2018 74%
2017 80%
2016 78%
2015 80%
2014 70%
2013 67%

Study Abroad

Close to 60% of the Fall 2017 entering cohort who graduated in four years studied abroad for a semester or an academic year, enriching their academic learning and developing their global perspectives. 

Entering CohortGraduated in% of Graduates Who Studied Abroad*
2018** 2022 20%
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. **At Gettysburg, most of those who studied abroad did so during their junior year. For the Fall 2018 entering cohort, their junior year was the 2020-21 academic year--a pandemic year; because of the pandemic, many students in this cohort cancelled their study-abroad plan, thus the 20% participation rate. Some of the graduates in the Fall 2017 entering cohort who had planned to study abroad during their senior year also cancelled their plan due to the pandemic.  

Undergraduate Research

Despite the disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, 57% of the 2022 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
2022 57%
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. Since Fall 2020, all first-year students have been required to take a FYS. 

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). Data not available for 2020-2022. Data will be collected again in 2023. 

Community Service

Despite the disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, 82% of the 2022 graduates participated in community service during their undergraduate years at Gettysburg, strengthening their civic engagement.

Graduating ClassCommunity Service Participation Rate
2022 81%
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 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, 2021, and 2022 when participation rate was 38%, 80%, and 46%, respectively, due to the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic; additionally, in 2020, 2021, and 2022, 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, & Center for Global Education. 3) 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