It’s not hard to find anecdotal reports about the benefits of student travel. Knowing that students return from our programs having experienced some type of growth wasn’t enough for us. So we created a framework to intentionally design our programs and assess what and how students learned from them.

According to the results from our first Student Impact Evaluation—part of our 2016 Impact Report—our students experienced growth in all 10 of our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), the skills that we believe will ensure students succeed academically, professionally, and personally.

Among those SLOs, we found that students experienced the most significant growth in their desire to positively impact the lives of others—using one’s talents as a force for good and creating change. After returning from a Rustic Pathways program this past summer, nearly 73% of students reported high or very high desire to positively impact the lives of others. It was the highest percentage of any SLO and one of several metrics we used to evaluate student growth.

Measuring the Desire to Positively Impact the Lives of Others

For more information about how we created our SLOs, and our quantitative and qualitative research methods, read the rest of our Student Impact Evaluation in the 2016 Impact Report.  

About the Author

Jack Weinstein

Content Production Manager

Jack has spent his professional career as a writer and editor. Before joining Rustic, he worked as a journalist in Kansas and Colorado, taught English in Swaziland, and transitioned to marketing roles in the Boston and New York startup worlds. Jack is excited to channel his love of storytelling and his appreciation for education as Rustic’s Content Production Manager. When not working, Jack can be found cheering on his Kansas City sports teams and Kansas Jayhawks. Jack and his wife, Blythe, live in Brooklyn.