RadGrad Fall 2020 Publications

The RadGrad team has published two articles this fall: "Beyond course work: expanding what's valued in computer science degree programs" in the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, and "Is GPA enough? A platform for promoting computer science undergraduates' pursuit of career related extracurricular activities", in the International Journal of Technology in Education and Science.

"Beyond course work: expanding what's valued in computer science degree programs", Seungoh Paek, Peter Leong, Philip M. Johnson, Carleton A. Moore. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 12(4), 2020.

Abstract: As the field of Computer Science (CS) continues to diversify and expand, the need for undergraduates to explore career possibilities and develop personalized study paths has never been greater. This reality presents a challenge for CS departments. How do the students striving to become competent professionals in an ever-changing field of study? How do they do this efficiently and effectively? This study addresses such questions by introducing RadGrad, an online application combining features of social networks, degree planners and serious games.

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"Is GPA enough? A platform for promoting computer science undergraduates' pursuit of career related extracurricular activities", Seungoh Paek, Peter Leong, Philip M. Johnson, Carleton A. Moore. International Journal of Technology in Education and Science, 5(1), 2021.

Abstract: Despite the perceived value of extracurricular experience, higher education relies heavily on Grade Point Average (GPA) as a measure of undergraduatesā€˜ academic success. When used as a singular standard assessment, GPA, which is based on student progress and completion of coursework, may inadvertently steer undergraduates away from valuable out-of-class experiences that might enhance their employability after graduation. With this premise in mind, the current study proposes to supplement GPA scores in an undergraduate Computer Science program with a wholistic assessment known as an Innovation, Competency, and Experience (ICE) score. The ICE score is a point system for documenting and rewarding studentsā€˜ extracurricular activities, in addition to their GPA scores. We designed and developed a web-based technology platform called RadGrad to implement ICE scores and promote student engagement and participation in extracurricular activities. Preliminary data shows that over 36\% of students started to use RadGrad, even though its use was completely voluntary. More than half of those students planned and participated in various extracurricular activities, ultimately earning ICE points. Importantly, the ICE score deployed through RadGrad demonstrates the potential value of a supplemental assessment to GPA, which can promote extracurricular experiences relevant to studentsā€˜ future careers beyond coursework.

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