York University Community

ISR’s survey research of the York University community include program review surveys, student retention surveys, course evaluations, staffing issues surveys, research methodology, and statistical consulting services for York University faculty members, staff and students.

York University’s Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) was established in 2010 to support initiatives that address York’s strategic priorities in relation to teaching, learning and the student experience. This fund provided financial support to over 50 unique projects focused on innovation in eLearning, Experiential Education and the First Year Student Experience. Various staff members at ISR have been involved with several AIF projects providing research and statistical assistance to project leads in evaluating the success of their projects.

Survey of Glendon Students

Research Period: 2017-present
Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul Grayson
Funding Source: York University, AIF Grant
Project Description:  In 1963, 98% of all students entering Glendon College filled out a questionnaire in which they identified the nature of their families, their goals and so on. Four years later, in 1967, the same students completed a survey in which they talked about their experiences at Glendon, the ways in which they had changed, and their views of their future. In 2013, Dr. Grayson replicated the 1963 survey of students entering Glendon.  The 2013 survey was conducted by ISR and completed by approximately 50% of those eligible to respond. In 2017, ISR will administer on behalf of Dr. Grayson essentially the same graduate survey that in 1967 was administered to students potentially eligible to graduate from Glendon. On the basis of the results of the entry and graduate surveys Dr. Grayson will be able to compare the nature and impact of the current student experience in a liberal arts environment to the nature and impact of the student experience 50 years ago. Glendon College is the only post secondary institution in Canada for which this type of comparison is possible.
ISR’s Contact: Richard Myles, Associate Director
For more information: Glendon Students, 50 Years Later

Cyclical Program Review (CPR)

Research Period: 2011-present (conducted annually)
Funding Source: York University
Project Description: Each year, the Institute surveys undergraduate and graduate students in selected programs as part of the University’s Cyclical Program Review. As mandated by the University’s Quality Assurance Procedures, each degree program is assessed on a rotating basis every eight years. Student feedback is collected on topics such as quality of teaching and the curriculum, course delivery options, and the quality of services such as advising using an online survey. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the experiences and opinions of approximately 10,000 undergraduate students and 1,500 graduate students will be gathered. Only summary results, in which any individual cannot be identified, are provided to the programs by ISR.
ISR’s Contact: Liza Mercier, Project Manager
For more information: http://yuqap.info.yorku.ca/

Early Alert: Individualized Pathways to Success in First Year Biology

Research Period: 2014- present
Funding Source: The Academic Innovation Fund (AIF)
Project Description: This AIF pilot project is designed to identify best practices in intervention to better know, make connection with students and reform the curriculum. ISR staff members are providing survey design consultation and statistical analysis to assist with the evaluation of this project.
ISR’s Contact: Liza Mercier, Project Manager
For more information: http://aifprojects.yorku.ca/funded-phase-2/early-alert/

Science First – A learning community for first year students

Research Period: 2014- present
Funding Source:  The Academic innovation Fund (AIF)
Project Description: This project was designed to contribute to students’ transition to university by establish a Faculty of Science learning community to bring students together to participate in activities intended to build study skills, promote lateral thinking, encourage development of scientific thought, develop writing and presentation skills, and build relationships and cultural awareness. ISR assisted this AIF project lead in evaluating this pilot project by conducting a survey and several focus groups among first year Science students.
ISR’s Contact: Liza Mercier, Project Manager
For more information: http://aifprojects.yorku.ca/funded-projects/science-first/

Enhancing the First Year Experience of Mature Students through a Voluntary First Year Experience Course

Research Period: 2014- present
Funding Source:  The Academic innovation Fund (AIF)
Project Description: This AIF pilot project was structured as a proactive transitional support for mature students. The First Year Experience program was to support the academic and personal success of mature students in the critical first few months of university, and to contribute to improved retention of this at-risk population at the University. ISR assisted in the evaluation of this project by conducting a series of focus groups among mature students.
ISR’s Contact: Liza Mercier, Project Manager
For more information: http://aifprojects.yorku.ca/funded-projects/enhancing-experiences/

Experiential Education (EE) Learning at York

Research Period: 2015- 2016
Principal Investigators:  Professors Pilar Carbonell, Christopher Chan, Peggy Ng, James Simeon, York University
Funding Source: The Academic Innovation Fund (AIF)
Project Description: This AIF project will undertake a detailed research and evaluation plan of existing workplace learning opportunities—placements, internships and co-ops—in three professional programs in LA&PS: SAS, HRM and SPPA at York. It will develop and implement a plan to grow and strengthen existing workplace learning experiences while realizing new ones. ISR will be conducting 20 semi-structured interviews of York and other Ontario universities on what factors make for successful EE programs.
ISR’s Contact: David Northrup and Stella Park
For more information:  http://aifprojects.yorku.ca/funded-phase-2/innovating-workplace-learning/

YU Start New Student Transition Program

Research Period: 2014- 2016
Funding Source: The Academic Innovation Fund (AIF)
Project Description: This collaborative program is designed to support new student during the period of transition from high school to university. In addition to the centralized coordination of communications to incoming students YUStart includes three main components: 1) First year course selection and tutorial online enrolment, 2) Online Learning Communities, with weekly themes to generate small group discussion; and, 3) Making Connections, the one day on-campus academic orientation. Staff at ISR provided survey design consultation and statistical analysis to assist with the evaluation of this project.
ISR’s Contact: Liza Mercier, Project Manager
For more information: http://aifprojects.yorku.ca/funded-projects/yu-start/

 

ISR’s Past projects (1996-2011)