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Community Engagement Division
The EPICS Program, founded at Purdue University in 1995, has grown where it is engaging more than 1100 students per year collaborating with more than 50 local and global community organizations. The EPICS program has experienced a more rapid phase of growth in recent years, doubling the enrollment from 292 in the spring of 2010 to 603 in the fall of 2017 and over 700 in 2018. This phase of growth included shifts in the composition of teams, as more first and second year students enrolled in the design teams and in the course administration to accommodate the larger enrollment. The program has evaluated many dimensions throughout its history including the student experience through formative and summative student evaluations. An analysis of the self-reported student evaluations shows a high level of consistency based on the student reported overall experience and learning. This data is consistent with other data gathered from the program including surveys and interviews from graduates and student reflections. The consistency of the evaluations offers evidence that the scaling of the program and the changes to accommodate the scale has retained the core EPICS experience.
Pierce, A., & Oakes, W. C., & Abu-Mulaweh, N. (2019, June), Changes in Student Perceptions of Course-Based Service Learning at Large Scale: EPICS at 23 Years Old Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32502
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