2003 STUDY

In 2003, the organization set out to lay the foundation for a long-term study that would compare the organizations students' sense of "self-concept", (a learned response pattern that reflects an individual's evaluation of past behaviors and experiences, and predicts future behaviors), to national norms. This study aided in long-term strategic planning and resource allocation by measuring, over a period of several years, whether there is a correlation between positive self-concept and students' patterns of program participation.

The baseline study was implemented in the fall of 2003. As in the 1998 study, survey results indicated:

  • Our students exceed the national norm in all six dimensions of self-concept.
  • A positive correlation between length of time at the organization and four of the six dimensions measured.