Our scholarly philosophy embraces four mutually-reinforcing tenets, including collegiality, expansion, equity, and innovation. To this end, CoIL currently houses five major research projects.

HCAS CoverHow College Affects Students (Volume 3):
21st Century Evidence that Higher Education Works
This book expands on the work of Ernest Pascarella and Patrick Terenzini by bringing together the next generation of impact scholars to respond to criticisms concerning college and its place in society.
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IDEALS_upper_right2Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS)

Entering year four of a five-year grant, this project is a partnership between Dr. Mayhew (OSU), Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach (North Carolina State University) and the Interfaith Youth Core (a.k.a. IFYC, Chicago IL). This project is aimed at studying the impact of college environments and experiences on educational outcomes including pluralism orientation, self-authored worldview commitment, and appreciative attitudes toward individuals of other worldviews.
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Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 4.42.24 PMProject Innovation Cultivation

The purpose of this project is to understand the influence of higher education experiences on the development of students’ innovation capacities. This project has completed its cross-sectional and longitudinal data collection and is moving into the reporting and analysis phase.
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Project EmPOWERment

The EmPOWERment Project is funded by a five-year multi-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. Now entering its first year, this project will use mixed methods to evaluate the experiences and learning outcomes of graduate students enrolled in a novel trans-disciplinary STEM program. This STEM program leverages cutting-edge pedagogies and practices in order to prepare graduates for the difficult work of effectively de-carbonizing commercial electricity production in the United States.