This study draws from a variety of analytical methods. In addition to multiple choice questions, a set of open-ended questions builds on the multiple choice responses and demographic profiles — providing important insights into the diverse frames of students` experiences with the arts at UM and in their lives.
There are close to over two dozen different analyses being conducted on this dataset. The results posted here represent a small subset, and many analyses are ongoing in various stages of completion. Rather than waiting for all of the results to be finalized, we are posting the most up-to-date results here — as time and resources permit us to analyze, interpret, and report on the results.
Available or in-process results from the open-ended question responses are highlighted below and linked to their respective pages. These results — particularly when analyzed in conjunction with demographic factors — begin to provide important insights for the design of arts-based experiences in higher education, as well as the impacts of the arts on student learning and engagement.
Please describe any transformative or meaningful arts experience you had during college (experience)
How did your behavior or thinking change (as a result of engaging in the arts)? (behavior2)
How did being involved in the arts as a child make you feel? (childhood2)
What role do you see the arts playing in society? (society)
If the arts had any impact on your career choice, please describe. (career)
In what other ways do you see yourself being involved in the arts after college? (aftercollege4)