Not only do we examine cohort and generational trends from the CIRP First Year Student Survey, other researchers study multiple dimensions of the University experience.
In September, Kristy Taylor of the University of Toledo successfully defended her dissertation, "Does Faith-Based Worldview Predict Confidence in College Major: A Quantitative Longitudinal Study at the University of Michigan." As with previous students who have used Michigan CIRP data in dissertation work, the now Dr. Taylor chose to examine the intersection of students' development along spiritual/religious paths with their development along vocational paths.
Many researchers initially are surprised that not only are students likely to change major during their collegiate careers, but that they anticipate from the beginning of their time in college that they will do so. By considering the serious life decisions and acceptance of adult roles represented by selecting a major and refining a religious or spiritual worldview, we learn more about both areas. Dr. Taylor came to this work examining the intersection, an interesting perspective for all of us as we imagine the holistic life of a student.
Congratulations to Dr. Taylor on the completion of her doctorate. To others who may consider the study of college students in the completion of your dissertations, do not hesitate to bring a proposal to the Division of Student Affairs.