Student Engagement

Student Engagement Reports

Evidence of educational effectiveness involves a clear dem­onstration of student achievement at both the degree and institutional levels. One construct that has gained significant visibility relating to student achievement is student engage­ment.

“There is widespread agreement among education researchers that active engagement with the subject mat­ter enhances student learning...engagement appears to be a strong predictor of both learning and college GPA...Evidence suggests that “self-reports” of learning from surveys correlate with actual learning outcomes...Independent of its apparent positive effect on learning and academic performance, student engagement is also desirable in its own right. Thus data on engagement are thought to have an intrinsic value for purpos­es of continuous improvement within an institution...” (From Student Achievement at the Institutional and Degree Level: Guidance on Disclosing Data to External Audiences, WASC task force on Transparency and Accountability, 10/09, p11).

The objectives of NPS’ Student Engagement Initiative are to provide a common framework -- theoretically-based and known to be related to student achievement and learning -- to organize and understand existing data and information; to foster campus communication about student engagement issues; and to provide student engagement data to schools and departments to inform program reviews and processes of improvement.

Student Engagement - Main Content

NPS’ Student Engagement framework includes the following dimensions

  1. Enriching Educational Experiences – Diverse Learning & Flexibility: The degree to which NPS’ educational environment provides students with choice and diversity in learning experiences.
  2. Enriching Educational Experiences – Diverse People & Ideas: The degree to which NPS’ educational environment provides students with ex­posure to a diversity of people and viewpoints.
  3. Student/Faculty Interactions: The degree to which stu­dent have direct and concerted involvement and interac­tions with faculty.
  4. Learning Experience: Challenge, Preparation & Involvement: The degree to which NPS students are prepared for, challenged and involved in their academic programs.
  5. Student Satisfaction: The degree to which students’ overall impression and response to their academic programs is positive.
  6. Student Gains: The degree to which students self report learning gains from their educational experience.
  7. Capstone: The degree to which students’ capstone experience is involving, beneficial, and positive


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