ARC SPARK Session C6 | Two (or More) Birds With One Stone
It was such a privilege to co-present during the 2019 ARC WSCUC conference on “It’s all about the Data-Student-Led Environmental Scans To Kill Two (or More) Birds With One Stone”. The presentation reflected the student-led research that was graciously supported through the Gary L. Taylor Fund in 2018. MSOP Cand. Ms. Sarah Eggert represented her fellow research students Ms. Stephanie Alvarez and Mr. Christopher Kupitz during the presentation.
The presentation guided the participants to answers of the following questions: How can one research project serve the needs of a diverse population of organizational psychology Graduate students:
- To enhance program planning;
- To create tools and initiatives that serve today’s workforce affected by rapid change; and
- To equip students for exemplary service as a researcher and practitioner?
Environmental Scans are one type of research procedures commonly used in the field of Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management for, e.g., workforce planning, student/customer centric strategic planning, and to serve accreditation related initiatives (e.g., the Research and Planning distribution of State General Fund Revenue, appropriated for Community College Districts). The presentation started with an overview of the current, changing need of students.
In a recent study of 2,587 students in 10 high schools across Los Angeles County (students were tested over two year period), 20% of the students with high-frequency digital media activities reported ADHD symptoms (compared to an average prevalence of 5% of students with ADHD symptoms across the U.S. and other cultures). The impact of technology use on students’ ability to engage in school and to reach educational goals was discussed.
In addition, the environmental scan research showed that technology is evolving so quickly that the educational system may struggle with preparing students in the development of needed skills. For example, employers of the technology sector discussed at the 2018 SIOP Conference that the average “shelf life” of a skill is currently about 5 years. In other words, a currently needed skill may be sufficient for about 5 years but may be further developed afterward, reflecting the evolving skills necessary to succeed in today’s jobs.
We shared about a study done by Burning Glass Labor Insight in July 2017 (see Figure below).
So, how many birds were caught with this Environmental Scan Research Project?
The students got to:
-Review and summarize global, national, and local data
-List different components of employees’ skills and desired qualifications.
-Derive such components from an organization’s values and mission statement.
-Present the results at the 2018 Creating Healthy Organizations conference during an incubator session and at the 2019 ARC WSCUC Conference.
Vanguard University’s Faculty got to:
-Access summarized global, national, and local data for program planning and faculty dialogue (across departments);
Bird 3: What Vanguard University’s Provost Office got to:
-Access to data and data-driven dialogue with informed faculty.
Georgianna, S., Alvarez, S., Eggert, S., & Kupitz, C. (2018) The 2018 Student Led Environmental Scan Initiative at Vanguard University. Unpublished research report. Available by request: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ra, C.K., Cho, J. Stone, M. D., De La Cerda, J., Goldenson, N. I., Moroney, E., Tung, I., Lee, S. S., Leventhal, A. M. (2018). Association of Digital Media Use With Subsequent Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Among Adolescents. JAMA, 320, 255-263. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.8931.