The project team conducts weekly surveys to assess the program impact. In addition, a final follow-up survey is conducted at the end program.
The evidence to assess the impact of proposed project was collected through student responses on (i) Class sessions, (ii) STI staff, (iii) Field trips, (iv) Hands-on activities, and (v) Guest speaker/seminars. Students were asked to respond to a set of 7-10 questions pertaining to each aforementioned area. The students were asked to rate the responses on a 4-point Likert scale (Strongly Agree= 4, Agree = 3, Disagree = 2, Strongly Disagree = 1).
These follow up surveys will be made available online through Survey Monkey website for students to complete. The STI team will analyze the data and present it in the final report. The sources of evidence that indicates that desired outcomes are met are as follows; (i) number of students completing design assignments more regularly, (ii) quality and timely completion of projects/activities, (iii) students participation in group/collaborative discussions, (iv) performance in the student competition, (v) performance in presentations, quizzes, reports, and exams. Data from project evaluation serves as indicator for improving on going and future projects. The funding agency will be able to check the progress on the ECSU STI website on a weekly basis. In addition, a link can be created on the Federal Highway Administration Office of Civil Rights website under the NSTI host sites so that information is widely available to other STI sites in the nation.
The results and analysis from the 2010 STI program is presented here.
During 2010 STI program, the survey was administered during the beginning and the ending of the program. Based on the question and answer sessions, the students indicated that the class was well organized. The classroom experiences started with the simple and moved toward the complex. The students were allowed to answer questions related to transportation and aviation. The faculty and presenters provided information related to transportation and aviation in a timely manner. The result charts indicate that students found that the concepts learned from the field trips were related to transportation modes and helped the students to better understand transportation careers. They also indicated that the transportation used to transport the students on different field trips was safe, clean and appropriate.
Review of the bar charts below shows that the presentation objectives were made clear
and were related to transportation and aviation. Approximately 19% of the students
expressed that enough time was not spent discussing the subjects and topics of the
project activities. Same percentage of students expressed that enough time was not
allowed for adequately understanding what was being taught. This was the case only
during Week 1. This was expected as students were adjusting to the STI curriculum.
The result bar charts are presented below: