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.