Enhancing and Monitoring Social Capital at Washington State University

Category 2: Program Development Grant

"Washington State University established a reliable, valid survey instrument for measuring social capital--a sense of belonging, support, trust, and safety, and expectations of reciprocity and levels of civic engagement--among WSU students. This instrument was used to (1) gather campus-wide baseline data, and (2) monitor and demonstrate the efficacy of initiatives designed to enhance social capital, increase student health and safety, increase academic and civic engagement, and reduce problem behaviors such as illegal and high-risk alcohol use and depression."