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Fostering Student Engagement Campuswide. Annual Results 2011.

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The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) documents dimensions of quality in undergraduate education and provides information and assistance to colleges, universities, and other organizations to improve student learning. Its primary activity is annually surveying college students to assess the extent to which they engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development. This paper presents the NSSE annual results for 2011. These selected results are based on responses from more than 416,000 students attending 673 U.S. baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities who completed NSSE in spring 2011, as well as subsamples of this group who responded to several sets of experimental questions. Results are also included from the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE), with more than 85,000 entering students from 155 institutions, and the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE), with more than 19,000 faculty representing 157 institutions. The featured theme--"Supporting Student Engagement Across Campus"--illustrates the value of connecting NSSE results to specific campus programs and units. This paper presents short studies to demonstrate relevant results for five campus units: service-learning in the first-year experience, residence life, Greek life, transfer student programs, and career services. These studies suggest approaches to sharing pertinent results with campus units to foster greater collaboration on the quality of the undergraduate experience. The second story--"Time Use by Major Field Category"-- demonstrates how the amount of time students spend preparing for class varies by discipline. To complement these results, this paper reports faculty expectations for students' out-of-class study time. Combined, these results may help campuses address concerns about the amount of time students spend on their academics and how to constructively shape expectations and behaviors. Finally, this paper presents results from three sets of experimental questions--learning strategies, reading comprehension, and global awareness. (Contains 13 figures and 10 tables.) [For the 2010 report, see ED512590.]

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Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Abstract
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2011
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