How Faculty and Students Define Engagement

Academic Leader

Student engagement—it’s one of those terms we hear and use all the time. But what does it actually mean? The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), one of the definitive sources on the topic, defines it as the “level of participation in a variety of activities that have been shown to relate to academic and personal development.” They suggest that it should not be thought of as a course-by-course issue, but should be viewed in the larger sense of a student’s entire approach to his or her studies. Is that how students and faculty define it, and do students and faculty define the term similarly?

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