Wabash Study

The Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education is a large-scale, longitudinal study to investigate critical factors that affect the outcomes of liberal arts education. Research is designed to help colleges and universities improve student learning and enhance the educational impact of their programs. The study focuses on key outcomes associated with undergraduate liberal arts education: creative thinking, need for cognition, attitudes about diversity, leadership, moral reasoning, and wellbeing.

A cohort of Salem State University students enrolled in fall 2008 completed the initial study. This spring semester 2012, the same cohort of students are invited to participate in a post survey to measure change across their university experience. Student results of the WABASH study will determine what teaching practices, programs, and institutional structures support liberal arts education.

Only undergraduate students who participated in the WABASH study in fall 2008 may participate. 

There are four components to the assessment. Three components will be completed by the student independently. These three components will be available to the student at their department office. There is also a proctored assessment, DIT-2 assessment or the ACT CAAP assessment, which will be taken on campus during the week of March 26. Students must register for an on campus time either online or through their department secretary. Each student will complete the same battery of tests they completed in fall 2008, the three take home assessments plus whichever of the proctored assessments they took in fall 2008 (DIT-2 or the ACT CAAP assessment).


Michele Sweeney, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 978.542.6582
Karen Sayles, Associate Director, Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, 978.542.6346 ksayles@salemstate.edu
Ginnie Dunn, Secretary, 978.542.6625