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Title: Using Student Engagement to Stimulate Change on Campus John Hayek, Ph.D. Senior Associate Director


1
Using Student Engagement to Stimulate Change on
Campus John Hayek, Ph.D. Senior Associate
Director
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Advance Organizer
  • What kind of information about the student
    experience is compelling and useful for
    stimulating change and improvement on campus?

3
Overview
  • NSSE Primer
  • Ways to Stimulate Change
  • Institutional Examples
  • Open Discussion

4
Foundations of Student Engagement
  • Assessing the Student Experience
  • 1970s
  • Quality of Student Effort (Pace)
  • 1980s
  • Student Involvement (Astin)
  • Social Academic Integration (Tinto)
  • Good Practices in Undergraduate Education
    (Chickering Gamson)
  • Learning and Development Model (Pascarella)
  • 1990s
  • Student Engagement (Kuh)

5
National Survey of Student Engagement
  • Started in 1999 with 12 institutions grown to
    530 in NSSE 2005
  • Over a half million students (first-year students
    and seniors) at 850 colleges and universities
    (2000-2004)
  • Focuses on promoting effective educational
    practice and institutional improvement
  • Web and paper versions extensively tested to
    ensure validity and reliability
  • Assesses the extent to which student are engaged
    in educational practices related to high levels
    of learning and development

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Using Student Engagement To Stimulate Change
  • Link to Mission Accreditation
  • Share Information Widely
  • Enhance Faculty Development
  • Benchmark (External Internal)
  • Connect to Outcomes and Other Campus Data
  • Emphasize Effective Educational Practices

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1. Link to Mission Accreditation
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1. Link to Mission Accreditation
  • NSSE Accreditation Toolkit
  • Links Between NSSE Accreditation
  • Mapping NSSE to Accreditation Standards
  • Vignettes of Institutional Usage

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2. Share Information Widely
  • NSSE is a great way to stimulate reflection and
    debate about what we do more and less well, and
    why. For us its proving an exciting and
    enlivening tool for self-reflection and
    self-improvement.

Michael McPherson, President of The Spencer
Foundation (former President of Macalaster
College)
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2. Share Information Widely
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3. Enhance Faculty Development
  • Faculty Retreats Workshops
  • Scholarship of Teaching Learning
  • Course Evaluations
  • Tip of the Week
  • Incentive Programs
  • FSSE / NSSE Gap Analysis
  • Mini-Grant Early Engagement of First-Year
    Students
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Identified start-up resources (up to 2,500 per
    year for two years)
  • Help academic departments introduce students
    engagement initiatives
  • Designed to improve departments engagement of
    its students during their first semester at the
    university

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3. Enhance Faculty Development FSSE / NSSE Gap
Matrix
Miss
Hit
Miss
Hit
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4. Benchmark - External
  • Consortia
  • ADP
  • Peer Groups
  • Aspirant Groups
  • Special Analyses

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4. Benchmark - External
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4. Benchmark Internal
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4. Benchmark Internal
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5. Connect to Outcomes Other Campus Data
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5. Connect to Outcomes Other Campus Data
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5. Connect to Outcomes Other Campus Data
  • In-house surveys
  • National surveys
  • CIRP / CSS
  • YFCY
  • CSEQ / CSXQ
  • EBI Benchmarking surveys
  • Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory
  • ETS Major Field Tests
  • ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency
  • Institutional data such as GPA, financial aid,
    transcripts, retention, certification tests, etc.

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6. Emphasize Effective Educational Practices
  • A living mission and a lived educational
    philosophy
  • An unshakeable focus on student learning
  • Clearly marked pathways to student success
  • Environments adapted for educational enrichment
  • An improvement-oriented campus culture
  • Shared responsibility for educational quality and
    student success

Based on higher than predicted graduation rates
and student engagement
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Institutional Examples
  • Many schools are stimulating change and
    improvement on campus by using student engagement
    data.

23
University of Missouri St. Louis
Using NSSE Data to Stimulate Change AASCU 2005
San Diego Meeting
  • Glen Hahn Cope
  • Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

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University of Missouri in St. Louis
  • Urban public research university
  • Recent leadership and vision changes
  • UM System Strategic Planning
  • UMSL Action Planning
  • NSSE Participation (begins with 2000 pilot)
  • From administrative use only in 2000 to
  • 2003, 2004 campus-wide forums
  • From denial of results to colleges verifying,
    faculty discussions, and Action Plan benchmarks

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University and Campus Activities
  • University System-wide Efforts
  • UM New Faculty Teaching Scholars
  • Presidents Academic Leadership Institute
  • Campus-wide Efforts
  • Center for Teaching and Learning (est. 10/2000)
  • Faculty and TA programs, orientations
  • Kuh presentations with academic and student
    affairs leaders, early career faculty (2/02)
  • Engagement concepts routinely used in program
    names
  • UMSL at 40Campus Conversation Series 2003-2004
  • November Student engagement
  • February Engaged research
  • April Community Engagement
  • February 05Creating an Engaged University
  • Action Planning 2003-2004
  • Office of the Provost created August 2004
  • Reliance on faculty governance, input
  • Benchmarks with NSSE data

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College Activities
  • College efforts sampling
  • Arts and Sciences appended with permission 15
    NSSE items to fall semester 2002 course
    evaluations
  • College of Business Administration includes all
    majors in capstone course in its sample
  • Honors College oversamples its freshmen and
    seniors
  • College efforts discussion and action
  • Presentations about NSSE invited by COE, CoBA
  • A S Deans charge to departments
  • Embracing undergraduate research

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Outcomes
  • Increased campus-wide awareness (FSSE, NSSE)
  • Persistent conversations
  • Increased communication
  • Responsibility assumed at unit level
  • Increased acceptance of methodology, data
  • Interventions identified in colleges and
    departments
  • Increased response rates
  • NSSE FSSE
  • 2003 38.0 26.4
  • 2004 47.5 44.5

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Norfolk State University (NSU)
  • University of opportunity
  • Wide variety of programs for students seeking
    access to an affordable high-quality education
  • Founded in 1935
  • Located in the downtown Norfolk, Virginia
  • Virginias largest public historically black
    university (HBCU)
  • Seventh largest HBCU in the nation
  • Approximately 6,000 culturally diverse students

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Surveys of Student Engagement at NSU
  • Spring 2002
  • NSSE (paper mode)
  • Spring 2003
  • NSSE (web-based mode)
  • FSSE (web-based mode)
  • Spring 2004
  • NSSE (local administration)
  • Fall 2004
  • BCSS (paper mode)
  • Spring 2005
  • NSSE (web mode)

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Using NSSE for Quality Enhancement
  • NSSE Data
  • NSSE Process
  • NSSE Concept

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Using NSSE for Quality Enhancement Data
  • Set up internal and external benchmarks to assess
    and monitor NSU performance on NSSE benchmarks
    and individual items, salient for NSU
  • Provide information for internal decision-making
    and strategic planning
  • Engage faculty, administrators, and students in
    conversations to explore best educational
    practices

33
Using NSSE for Quality Enhancement Data (Contd)
  • Advance campus initiatives
  • Articulate and affirm effective institutional
    practices and improve NSU self-image and
    community perception
  • Triangulate internal reports and research
    projects
  • Triangulate external reporting

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Using NSSE for Quality Enhancement Process
  • Provide information for internal decision-making
  • Advance campus initiatives
  • Identify effective methods to administer other
    university-wide surveys.

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Using NSSE for Quality Enhancement Concept
  • Begin developing a more comprehensive
    institutional concept of academic quality
  • Attract faculty and administrators attention to
    best practices in the undergraduate education

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Using NSSE for Quality Enhancement Future Plans
  • Assessment of new campus initiatives
  • First-Year Experience
  • American democracy project (ADP)
  • Reaffirmation of Accreditation
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    (SACS) Compliance Certification Audit
  • SACS Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Theme

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Contact Information
  • Nuria M. Cuevas, Ph.D.
  • Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and
  • Director, Institutional Effectiveness and
    Assessment
  • NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Phone (757) 823-8408
  • E-Mail ncuevas_at_nsu.edu
  • Web www.nsu.edu/iea

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Using NSSE Data
  • Sharon Hahs
  • Provost
  • February 6, 2005

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With Programs in
? Arts and Sciences ? Business ? Dental
Medicine ? Education ? Engineering ? Nursing ?
Pharmacy
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? 13,493 Students
10,811 Undergraduate
2,485 Graduate
198 Professional
? On-Campus Housing for 2,900 Students
? Most students live and work in a 60 mile
radius and commute to classes.
? About 30 percent of undergraduates are new
each fall, two-fifths of those as transfer
students.
? More than half of students receiving
baccalaureate degrees started as transfer
students.
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Long Term Goals
? Revisited Every 5 to 10 Years ? Measured
Annually ? Lead to Short Term Goals
Short Term Goals
? One to Three Years Long ? Founded on
evidence ? Measured and Evaluated ? Lead to
Actionable Projects
45
SIUEs Long-Term Goals
  • 1. Engaged Student and Capable Graduates
  • 2. Innovative High Quality Programs
  • 3. Committed Faculty and Staff
  • 4. Harmonious Campus Climate
  • 5. Active Community Engagement
  • 6. Sound Physical and Financial Assets
  • 7. Excellent Reputation

46
Measures for Long Term Goals
NSSE
Has content parallel to existing alumni and
faculty surveys
? Multiple Measures ? Longitudinal Data ?
External Comparative Data ? Intra-Institutional
Data
Annual since 2000
Urban Consortium
Can be cut to components within SIUE
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Uses of NSSE in Measuring Long Term Goals
  • ? Measures of Student Engagement
  • ? Measures of Faculty and Staff Commitment to
    Educational Opportunity
  • ? Measures of Harmonious Climate
  • ? Measures of Community Engagement
  • ? Measures of SIUE Reputation

48
Freshman Seminar Proposal April 2002
  • Piloted four options
  • Honors Seminars
  • University Experience Course
  • Culture, Ideas, Values Course (CIV)
  • Learning Communities in Academic Development

49
  • Common goals for freshman seminars
  • Freshman Seminar Proposal 2002

1--To assist new freshman in making the
transition to college level work and
expectations 2--To orient students to the
services and culture of the University 3--To
engage students in an intellectual community of
students and faculty.
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Review committee and use of special study
  • Ad hoc subcommittee of the Curriculum Council,
    Faculty Senate
  • Literature Search
  • Focus Groups
  • NSSE study
  • Summary ReportNSSE 2003 Special Course
    Oversample April 19, 2004

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Of the questions that showed significance at the
0.1 level, four either directly or indirectly
related to the objectives of the freshman seminar
course as outlined in the proposal. These
included the following questions 1 A--Asked
questions class or contributed to class
discussion. 10 F--Attending campus events and
activities (special speakers, cultural
performances, etc.) 11 K--Understanding
yourself 13--How would you evaluate your entire
educational experience at this institution?
(Summary ReportNSSE 2003 Special Course
Oversample April 19, 2004)
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New Student Seminar Task Force Report and
Recommendations (June, 2004)
  • Recommendation 1 Adopt a freshman seminar
    requirement
  • Recommendation 2 Include a freshman seminar in
    general education reform.
  • Recommendation 3 Create committee for
    implementation and management.

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  • Question 7. Which of the following have you done
    or do you plan to do before you graduate from
    your institution?
  • h. Culminating senior experience (comprehensive
    exam, capstone course, thesis, project, etc.)
  • Response to 7.h.
  • Yes70
  • No25
  • Undecided5

Senior Assignment is a graduation requirement
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Activity--NSSE questions related to Learning
Objectives
  • Compare the NSSE questions with the SIUE
    Statement of Objectives
  • 1. Identify a NSSE question that could make a
    difference.
  • 2. What objective does this question measure and
    how does the question measure it?
  • 3. How is this question actionable? What could
    be done to improve the score?

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Committee on Assessment AQIP Action Project
Recommendations
  • Student perception and understanding of the
    Senior Assignment as a culminating experience
    (NSSE questions 2c, 7g,h, 11j,m)
  • Student perception of academic advising (NSSE
    questions 1o, 12)
  • Quantitative reasoning (NSSE questions 2b,d,e,
    11f)
  • Communication (speaking and writing) (NSSE
    questions 1a,p,q, 4c,d,e, 11c,d)
  • Expectations, relationships, and diversity (NSSE
    questions 8, 9)

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Open Discussion
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