Higgins, Lorraine D.
Ottmar, Erin R.
Melbourne Project Center
This project documented the history and assessed the outcomes of WPI’s Melbourne Project Center, focusing on student, sponsor, and community impacts. It produced an organized database of past projects, coded by sponsor types, themes, and deliverables; an archive of reports and photos; and promotional materials for recruiting MPC sponsors and students. We developed instruments to survey 410 MPC alumni and interview 17 previous sponsors, finding that the MPC has run 163 projects over 18 years involving 37 sponsors and 572 students. The biggest impacts were on student academic and social development and changes in sponsor procedures and processes. Given this data, we provided recommendations for future impact assessments.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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Humanities and Arts
Social Science and Policy Studies