Assessing Engagement

Student engagement is the psychological investment a student makes in learning. Engagement includes the degree to which a student actively participates in academic and cocurricular activities on campus, pursuing contact with faculty outside the classroom, civic activities and service learning, and cocurricular learning.  

Through a variety of tools, campuses are able to measure and track the degree to which students are engaged in their college education. From this data, higher education institutions can determine the barriers and facilitators to engagement and enhance the environment to allow students to thrive and succeed. Student engagement—in all facets of campus life—is an important outcome (and indicator) of the safe and supportive nature of a college campus.

 

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Cover image - two people under an building archway - Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admission

Outlines a new approach to college admission that is emerging across the nation. This approach increases the focus on motivating high school students to engage in community service and assessing students on their contributions to others and their communities, rather than more traditional approaches that solely assess candidates based on grades, extracurricular activities, and test scores.

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Provides a library of information concerning assessment, evaluation, and research methodology. Resources include tutorials, FAQs, abstracts, digests, journals, web links, and other publications.

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