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U-M Athletic Department Leadership Development and Community Engagement Program

The University of Michigan Athletic Department began working with CEDER to evaluate a new program for student-athletes in October 2019.


The mission of the Leadership Development and Community Engagement Program is to challenge and develop student-athlete leaders, change thought patterns for current and future success academically, athletically, and in their communities through mentorship and action-based learning. Programming focuses on offering student-athletes an opportunity to develop positive relationships, to collectively solve problems, and to grow their self-awareness, motivation, and leadership skills.

CEDER’s evaluation provides information about the experiences and outcomes of the Leadership Development and Community Engagement Program for student-athletes, as well as perspectives from coaches. Specifically, information from the evaluation can be used to

  • inform program planning and implementation;
  • communicate program outcomes to stakeholders;
  • develop a sustainable evaluation plan and activities using a capacity-building training approach.

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CEDER is collecting and processing data from focus groups, surveys, reports and reviews, summaries, curricular materials, and both quantitative and qualitative evaluations in order to evaluate the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program.
CEDER designs and administers surveys and focus groups and analyzes the resulting data to help assess the SOE's Teaching & Learning Exploratory TeachLivE™ Lab.
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CEDER evaluates the use of a new approach to course design that aims to change the way students build relationships with their peers and instructors.