Student Engagement

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

Strategic planning for curriculum and campus activities that engage students requires broad collaboration across campus divisions. A variety of best practices are available to campuses developing strategic plans to engage students. Creating a campus that engages students in all aspects of college life requires careful planning, use of best practices, and collaboration between academic and student services professionals.

 

Featured Resources

Cover image of the Women’s Student Debt Crisis in the United States resource

Offers a broad overview of how student debt became a women’s issue. The report aims to change the conversation around student debt so that it includes gender-based analysis and solutions. The analysis examines the experiences of women as a diverse population and presents statistics by race and ethnicity as well as other demographics. The report relies heavily on publicly available federal government survey data as well as published studies undertaken by academics and organizations researching the issue of student debt.

Examines graduate rates over the last ten years and the degree to which general increases are also being experienced by underrepresented groups. Using data from four-year, public colleges and universities, this report found that nearly 67% have increased graduation rates in the last 10 years — not only overall (5.3 percentage points) but for underrepresented students as well (6.3 percentage points). Yet, findings also indicate that intentional efforts to close the achievement gap matter, concluding that colleges should continue to emphasize completion efforts for underrepresented groups 

Presents the video footage of a panel discussion at Columbia University's Community College Research Center. Includes expert analysis of the Guided Pathways Model for Institution-Wide Reforms and its potential to help community colleges improve student success.

Cover image of the Helping Women to Succeed in Higher Education: Supporting Student-Parents with Child Care resource

Proposes building on the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program to structure an institutional grant program that better supports the availability of high-quality child care for parents pursuing postsecondary credentials (student-parents). Compared with the existing federal program, the proposed program would be larger and better targeted to address the substantial needs of low income student-parents. The program would encourage enrollment practices and educational investments that benefit the individual as well as the overall economy.

Cover image of the College Completion Toolkit resource

Highlights promising practices from a dozen schools across the country that are doing the hard work of increasing college completion rates for students on their campuses. The report contains links to resources and stories written by institutions themselves and will serve as an additional resource for schools as they seek to promote student degree completion.

Provides federal guidance for colleges and universities that aims to help remove barriers that can prevent citizens with criminal records from pursuing higher education, including considering the effect of inquiring early in the application process whether prospective students have ever been arrested. The guide also encourages alternatives to inquiring about criminal histories during college admissions and provides recommendations to support a holistic review of applicants. 

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