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Measuring the Impact of Student Engagement May 24 2005 Challenges Differing definitions of student engagement Which is more important measurement of the quantity and quality of student engagement or measurement of institutional effectiveness in providing high quality experiences that impact students and the community Co curricular engagement may be as important as curricular engagement Many measures of student engagement quality and impact can be measured only indirectly or long after the fact Measures for Evaluating Quantity and Quality of Student Engagement Number of students number of hours number of classes number of external organizations served Grades in co ops internships service learning courses practica field placements etc Community agency evaluations of student quantity and quality of engagement Student transcripts of service engagement Pre and post tests or testing of engaged students versus control groups Testing of student learning mastery of content and analytical sophistication surveying of student attitudes Measures for Evaluating Quantity and Quality of Student Engagement Student engagement journals Student self evaluation of engagement experiences Student responses to the National Survey of Student Engagement national and local questions Electronic portfolios of student engagement reflecting ideas attitudes and degrees of sophistication in considering civic issues Civic engagement narratives by graduating students considering the relationship between their education and their relationship with the community Open ended interviews focus groups exit interviews Measures for Evaluating Quantity and Quality of Student Engagement Student body analysis based on dividing the student body into sub groups and assessing characteristics of each group at a given time and over time University of Alaska Anchorage Longitudinal studies of former students for continuing engagement community leadership civic orientation Qualitative stories anecdotes Research on



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