Research on the science of teaching and learning has identified 10 "high-impact educational practices". These are experiences that seem to benefit students at all different types of institutions and students from all types of backgrounds. Examples include service learning, writing intensive courses, and capstone courses/senior theses. See the full list here: www.aacu.org/leap/hips
What does this have to do with signature work at PC? Well, part of the reason these 10 practices are so impactful is that they often provide the opportunity for students to engage in meaningful, integrative work. Many of these practices are already being implemented at PC! We will periodically highlight some of this activity, starting with undergraduate research.
Many PC students work alongside faculty mentors conducting cutting-edge scholarship. This happens in all disciplines - from Chemistry to English, at all levels - freshman to seniors. In addition to deepening skills like problem solving and critical thinking, students form meaningful relationships with their faculty mentors. Sometimes students are able to present this work at conferences or even publish their findings! PC supports student researchers in many ways, like offering academic year and summer grants.
Learn more about what research PC students are conducting here: www.providence.edu/research.