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Survey to assess student engagement

ATHENS, Ohio -- In an effort to assess, encourage and advance the level of student engagement at Ohio University, the Office of Institutional Research, in October, issued the Ohio University Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) to all University faculty members.

Developed at the University, this is the second year the school has collected information from faculty. Next year, the University will use the FSSE developed by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) based at Indiana University Bloomington, the same organization that issues the annual student survey.

The FSSE questionnaire is designed to measure faculty expectations for student engagement. It asks faculty to assess the way they create opportunities for students to engage in activities in the classroom, with faculty and with other students. The survey also asks faculty to rate the importance they place on each of these areas.

In a letter to Ohio University faculty, Provost Stephen Kopp said, "The objective of this effort is to increase the active involvement of students, especially first- and-second year students, in experiences that enhance their learning and development."

The survey will help to accomplish the following goals: Identify baseline practices across campus; examine changes in classroom techniques that result from the institution's focus on student-centered learning and compare perceptions and practices of faculty, to student perceptions of engagement.

The results will be instrumental in discussions related to teaching, learning and evaluating the quality of the students' educational experience as Ohio University evolves into a more learning-centered community.

In spring 2002, NSSE identified student engagement patterns at Ohio University as well as nationally. Results from last year's FSSE and NSSE are available on the Office of Institutional Research's Web site: www.ohiou.edu/instres/engage/index.html.

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