Trisha Thorme has been with ProCES since 2000 and is passionate about using knowledge for social change. Before coming to Princeton she directed the Landis Community Outreach Center at Lafayette College and served as a part-time lecturer there. She holds degrees in anthropology from Yale and Cornell, and her recent work explores how students, faculty members and communities change as a result of community-based research. Her guide to running programs like CBLI was published by the Council for Undergraduate Research in 2011 and has been used by colleges and universities throughout the country.
CBR Student Learning Outcomes Survey
Trisha was part of a research team that developed and refined a survey instrument to assess the student learning outcomes of community-based research (CBR). The survey, whose reliability and validity have been tested, captures five dimensions of outcomes, including academic skills, educational experience, civic engagement, professional skills and personal growth. Development and testing of the instrument were supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service under Learn and Serve America’s grant to Princeton University in partnership with the Bonner Foundation.
Read about development of the survey in the The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (Volume 15, Number 2, page 7, 2011). Please contact Trisha if you are interested in using or modifying the survey on your campus or if you might want to have your students take it online.