Evaluation that Transforms Communities

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The TRIO Summit Scholars program at the University of Minnesota- Morris (UMM) serves students facing the greatest barriers to retention and graduation at Morris and throughout Minnesota. The Summit Scholars program is an innovative add-on program to facilitate the operational success and graduation rates of students in the TRIO program. The mission of the Summit Scholars program includes helping students become their most academically competitive self while creating a rich, connected college experience towards a timely graduation.

Project Dates: 2016 to Present


  • Instrument development and design (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Participate in monthly evaluation calls with program staff
  • Determine dates and procedure for recruiting survey participants


  • Launch and monitor survey
  • Clean and analyze data
  • Preliminary analysis


  • Report qualitative and quantitative data
  • Summarize findings
  • Create tables and graphs to communicate findings


  • Discuss strategies for increasing program effectiveness
  • Provide data-driven solutions and problem-solving strategies