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.
Begin with clear definitions of student engagement, civic engagement, campus climate, and psychosocial well-being.