Event Title

Thinking outside the toolbox: constructing your externship policies from hard data

Location

Hirsch Hall, Room C

Start Date

10-3-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

10-3-2018 4:15 PM

Description

In running our externship programs, we exist in a constant state of flux – forever evaluating our offerings, our credit structure, our policies, our placements... From year to year, we make changes – some big, some small – and our programs unceasingly shift and evolve.

As we determine what changes to make, we rely on many information-gathering tools, from student feedback and listserv crowdsourcing, to employment statistics and enrollment data. But how robust is our toolbox, and is it really equipped to help us answer the more sophisticated questions about our students’ needs and what direction to go in?

Using hypotheticals as a guide, we will tease out and examine the various tools we can use to determine whether to implement specific policies. We will develop best methods for examining both the scope of an issue and the impact of the policy that would seek to address that issue. In particular, we will pay specific attention to whether the policies further the goals of equal opportunity and inclusion. Session participants will walk away with fresh ideas on how to best explore the questions most pressing to their individual programs.

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Mar 10th, 3:00 PM Mar 10th, 4:15 PM

Thinking outside the toolbox: constructing your externship policies from hard data

Hirsch Hall, Room C

In running our externship programs, we exist in a constant state of flux – forever evaluating our offerings, our credit structure, our policies, our placements... From year to year, we make changes – some big, some small – and our programs unceasingly shift and evolve.

As we determine what changes to make, we rely on many information-gathering tools, from student feedback and listserv crowdsourcing, to employment statistics and enrollment data. But how robust is our toolbox, and is it really equipped to help us answer the more sophisticated questions about our students’ needs and what direction to go in?

Using hypotheticals as a guide, we will tease out and examine the various tools we can use to determine whether to implement specific policies. We will develop best methods for examining both the scope of an issue and the impact of the policy that would seek to address that issue. In particular, we will pay specific attention to whether the policies further the goals of equal opportunity and inclusion. Session participants will walk away with fresh ideas on how to best explore the questions most pressing to their individual programs.