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1 Developing a Four-Year Model of Student Engagement: Collaboration between Academic and Student Affairs Beth E. Barnett, Provost and V.P. Academic Affairs Pat Chang, A.V.P., Student Affairs (Services) Eric Daffron, Vice Provost, Curriculum and Assessment Chris Romano, A.V.P., Enrollment Management

2 Ramapo College is New Jerseys Public Liberal Arts College Mission Statement Ramapo College is New Jersey's Public Liberal Arts College, dedicated to providing students a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement. The College is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. Ramapo emphasizes active learning and individual attention to all students. We promote teaching excellence, diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability, student engagement, and community involvement.

3 ABOUT RAMAPO COLLEGE Approximately 5600 undergraduate students Average SAT score of 1170 (Critical Reading and Math) 51% of students live on campus Designated by the state as New Jerseys Public Liberal Arts College Founding Member of COPLAC

4 Student Engagement: Student engagement is the result of the time and effort students devote to activities empirically linked to the intended outcomes of college and what institutions do to both provide these activities and induce students to participate in them. Student engagement is characterized by critical examination, analysis, reflection, and problem solving. ( Adapted from Kuh, 2009). Office of the Provost __________________l__________________ Deans Enrollment Student AIS ASB CA SSHS TAS Management Affairs

5 Why did we decide to focus on Student Engagement? - Survey data showing perception of Ramapo College as a suitcase college. - Survey data showing unsatisfactory level of student time dedicated to out of class academic work. - Policy change to no freshman cars on campus. - Procedure changes on alcohol policy violations. - Desire to improve retention and graduation rates. - Student success!


7 How does Student Engagement fit within the Ramapo context? NSSE data review Retention and Graduation Rates vs. competitors Using SE definition, create inventory of activities that meet SE outcomes Place them on Year 1-4 continuum Brainstorm what students get from these activities

8 Small Group Big Picture Conversations What do we want students to know/be able to do at end of first year? What would a high level of first year student engagement look like? Steering Committee translates takeaways into outcomes language Connect with WEAVE- Institutional Planning Software

9 Steering Committee presents draft SE goals and outcomes for first year students based on small group conversations


11 Steering Committee presents concept of Key Points of Engagement to prioritize Re-present Inventory stripped down to year 1 Match year 1 activities with now agreed upon goals and outcomes

12 Refine definition of KPE based on group feedback Ask units to provide more information- descriptions, person responsible, etc for each identified KPE Hold focus group with FY students on their experience thus far

13 Present Finalized definition of KPE for First Year Engagement


15 Review agreed upon KPEs and how they map to FY goals and outcomes Identify gaps or weakness in map

16 KPEAcademicSocialPersonalCampus/Civic Orientation xx x Summer Reading/Convocationx x x x x Arching and First Year Assembly x Maroon Madness xxxxx Choices and Consequences x x x Green Dot x xx x LollaNoBooza xx Club Fair x FYS/Peersx xx x xx x Advisingx xx

17 Present Finalized definition of KPE for First Year Engagement Review agreed upon KPEs and how they map to FY goals and outcomes Identify gaps or weakness in map Identify how units can better support institutional KPEs Brainstorm ways to market plan in student friendly terms

18 Steering Committee works with individual reports on assessment plans and measures for determining progress towards reaching desired outcomes How do we measure? Steering Committee to identify a body responsible for managing KPEs as Steering Committee moves to Year 2

19 Board created by EM prior to SE work to develop shared definition of FYE This group transitions to working group utilizing outcomes to inform programming review assessment data to determine where improvements can be made report back to individual units on other activities beyond the unit that need support Identify gaps and create programming to meet those identified needs i.e. World Expo

20 FYE Board pre-dated Engagement Initiative, so not all FYE members were involved in retreats Inclination to use particular KPEs to achieve multiple outcomes i.e. First Year Seminar and Academic Advisement Majority of FY KPEs are in the first 10 days of the semester FYE Boards role in programming versus planning and assessment Defining assessment


22 Research on Sophomores Revision of Outcomes

23 Outcome 1: Students will utilize campus resources when needed. Outcome 2: Students will engage in self- reflection and develop a sense of purpose. Outcome 3: Students will reflect on their current view of the world and their place in it. Outcome 4: Students will reflect on their academic performance, strengths, and interests in order to identify an appropriate major Outcome 5: Students will explore opportunities for career development.

24 Research on Sophomores Revision of Outcomes Revision of KPE Definition

25 A high-impact activity or an activity leading to a high-impact activity, meaning that it is: A substantive interaction, in class and out of class, with peers, faculty, and staff or A common experience that deepens understanding of self and others or An opportunity to connect in-class and out-of-class learning An opportunity, either designed for or beneficial to sophomore students, that meets their developmental needs An opportunity that fosters self-reflection and leads to personal development

26 Presentation of research Presentation of revised outcomes and KPE definition Exercises Inventory Gap analysis

27 Turned activities into categories

28 Major/career-related event School-related event Mentorship/leadership activities Service activities Academic advisement Health, wellness, and spirituality Class traditions Class-focused activities Sophomore exploration Workshops

29 Turned activities into categories Created map

30 KPEs and KPE Categories Major/career-related event(s)X XX Internship Conference X X School-related event X X Annual Research Day X X CA AdvisementX X X Mentorship/leadership activities XX X Service activities X X X Boys and Girls Club X X Pen Pal Program X X Academic advisementX X X X Academic AdvisementX X X Health/wellness/spirituality XXX Are You in the Rama-Know? X XX Finding Your Compass Points XX Class traditions XX Class-focused activities X Overlook/Linden Program XXX Sophomore exploration activities X X Workshops XXX X X XX Cyber Footprint Workshop X X X Youre Hired: The VIP Series X X Information Literacy Class Sessions X

31 Presentation of proposed KPE categories Presentation of proposed map Follow-up Exercises

32 Use template to: Propose new or revised KPEs; Link to KPE category, definition, and outcomes; Create assessment plan. Present proposals to steering committee.

33 Presentation of proposed KPEs

34 Internship conference Annual research day Advisement in School of Contemporary Arts Boys and Girls Club and Pen Pal Program Academic advisement Are you in the Rama-Know? Finding your compass points Residence Hall Program Cyber Footprint Workshop Information Literacy Workshops Youre Hired: The VIP Series

35 Presentation of proposed KPEs Presentation of assessment plans

36 Survey (pre- and post-) Attendance (e.g., ID card swipes) Observations

37 Presentation of proposed KPEs Presentation of assessment plans Updates from First Year

38 Support KPE implementation. Ensure KPEs meet definition and outcomes. Monitor assessment methods. Evaluate assessment results. Market plan to students. Educate campus.

39 KPEs are new. Second-year students are not a captive audience. SYE Board is young. Staff is fatigued.








47 Incentivization Priority housing selection Priority parking for commuters Compatible with the e-portfolio product

48 Breaking down of silos between divisions/units. Improved retention and graduation. Improved integration of curricular, co- curricular, and extra curricular activities. Outcome based, measurable results. Greater student engagement!

49 Addressing all students (e.g. transfers). Developing consistent objectives all 4 years. Resource reallocation (what do we stop doing?).


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