2011 National Survey of Senior Capstone Experiences: Institutional-Level Data on the Culminating Experience

Research Reports on College Transitions No. 3
Author: Ryan D. Padgett & Cindy A. Kilgo

ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-889271-86-6
Year Published: 2012
Pages: 98

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In 2011, the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition revisited its 1999 National Survey of Senior Seminars and Capstone Courses to explore the current state of culminating experiences in American higher education. Drawn from a sample of public and private colleges and universities across the country, the 2011 survey focuses on both course- and project-based senior capstone experiences to examine the purposes, content, organization, administration, and assessment of culminating experiences. The research report, 2011 National Survey of Senior Capstone Experiences: Institutional-Level Data on the Culminating Experience, offers a discussion of the findings and implications for practice and future research. Designed to be accessible and informative, this research report can assist both higher education researchers and practitioners in understanding the potential of capstones to promote student learning and development during the concluding chapter of college.