Research Forum on the Impact of the Lasallian Mission on College Students’ Development

Event Synopsis

The Social Development Research Center (SDRC), in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), Lasallian Pastoral Office (LSPO), and Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), is organizing a forum on International Research on College Students’ Perceptions Regarding the Impact of the Lasallian Mission on June 17, 2022, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon. The event aims to share the output from Dr. Hwa Seong Oh’s study and explore the possibility of validating the tools among Lasallian Higher Education institutions. 

Date and Venue

June 17, 2022, 10:00 A.M to 12 Noon via Zoom (Manila Time)

Participants

Expected participants are Lasallian formators of DLSU and other Lasallian higher education institutions to join the said symposium, especially those working in student affairs, campus ministry, social action, and career services. 

Program

10:00 A.M.      Introduction

Invocation

Webinar Reminders

 10:10              Welcome Remarks

Dr. Melvin A. Jabar

Director, SDRC

10:20               Research Presentation: International Research on

College Students’ Perceptions Regarding the Impact of the Lasallian Mission

Dr. Hwa Seong Oh

Office of Student Engagement 

St. Mary’s College of California (SMC)

10:50               Q&A, Discussion, and Direction 

Dr. Christine Joy Ballada

Dean of Student Affairs

11:30.             Closing Remarks 

                       Mr. James Laxa

                       Director, LSPO

Registration Link

https://bit.ly/Research_LasallianMissionImpact

Abstract

The mission of an institution is the foundation of its work, and the impact of the mission on the institution’s students should be a primary focus of its educational outcomes. Despite the importance of the influence of the Lasallian mission on its educational ministry and the growing number of Lasallian institutions of higher education, empirically supported data from international research on the impact of the Lasallian mission on college students’ development remains absent.

To examine the perceptions of the mission impact on students’ holistic development in Lasallian institutions of higher education across the Lasallian Regions, this qualitative study utilized the methodology of survey research. The survey instrument, the Lasallian Mission Impact Inventory, was developed, and an internet survey was conducted in three different languages (English, Spanish, and French) with students at six Lasallian colleges in six different countries.

Findings of the data analysis include: (1) the relationship between Lasallian Mission Understanding and Lasallian Mission Value; (2) the relationship between the Lasallian Mission Value and Lasallian Mission Impact; (3) the relationships among Previous Lasallian Education Experience, Lasallian Mission Value and Lasallian Mission Impact. The data analysis findings first show that Lasallian Mission Understanding is significantly and positively associated with Lasallian Mission Value at all six institutions. Second, Lasallian Mission Value is positively associated with all four types of Lasallian Mission Impact-Academic Impact, Spiritual Impact, Social Impact, and Career Impact at all institutions. Third, Lasallian Mission Value is not related to having Previous Lasallian Education in general. However, in some individual institutions, Previous Lasallian Education Experience was positively or negatively related to the Lasallian Mission Impact, when controlling for Lasallian Mission Value.

This study concludes that many students at Lasallian institutions of higher education across the Lasallian Regions understand and value the mission and that the mission has a significant impact on the holistic development of students who value it. Also, the importance and need for effective mission formation and integration is supported by the research data of the study. 

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