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Creating a Culture of Engagement: Bringing NSSE to the Classroom Bob Drake Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching Siena College.

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1 Creating a Culture of Engagement: Bringing NSSE to the Classroom Bob Drake Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching Siena College

2 Derek Bok, Our Underachieving Colleges (2006) Laments about teaching and learning in US—or at least the lack of proof of improvement Sees strong resistance to changing teaching methods—still largely based upon lecture Sees promise in student engagement

3 Siena College Franciscan-Catholic College outside of Albany, NY Liberal Arts with a large School of Business Bac-LA; Tier 3 3,000 enrollment; 57% female; primarily regional 90% Residential

4 NSSE Participation not known on campus Results were not expected (or appreciated!) NSSE data quarantined by Senior Staff— can’t send via ; paper copies collected and counted

5 Situation in 2002/2003 High proportion of faculty at full professor Student Course Evaluations more about “liking” than learning Faculty “know” that their students are learning Memorizing Reaccreditation beginning—no evidence of learning or engagement, focus began assessment and engagement (Blame MS!)

6 What is student engagement? Few knew…(they smile and nod more) Emphasis on best practices in teaching and learning Kept framing it from a student perspective

7 The Data Is Wrong! Let key faculty members determine the validity of the data –Use loudest complainers –“Shocked” old guard –FY Seminar course vindicated It helps to over sample (can be the same price as paper) Let the NSSE Institute help—visit by Bob Gonyea

8 Once the data is accepted as valid…Tell Everyone! BOT Senior Staff Faculty Academic Affairs Student Affairs Business Affairs Use NSSE Institute some more –Special analysis for Schools and larger departments –More surprises

9 The next problem: “I do that already!” The last bastion of negativity: “It must be all the other faculty members who are not doing the job” Hard to understand the concept of benchmarks, peers, and aspirants

10 Benchmarks help Provide faculty with multiple benchmarks Benchmark against other institutions Benchmark against other academic schools Benchmark against other departments But this was just not enough—it still could be someone else’s courses

11 Benchmark against other classes We realized that individual faculty need to know where they stand in the most unthreatening way possible Guaranteed anonymity and helpful data and they came voluntarily—about 50% of courses Use of actual NSSE questions on Course Evaluation Survey

12 Examples of Progress: Prompt Feedback After very stable data in 2001, 2002, 2004… Increased across the college in 2005 and 2006 –FY +.25 –SR +.44

13 Included Diverse Perspectives Another area of concern— concentrated on first- year Increase on 2006 FY NSSE of +.35

14 Collaborative Learning Change in 2006— In-class: FY +.20; SR +.37 Outside Class: FY +.13; SR +.31

15 The new Strategic Plan “The growing prominence of the National Survey of Student Engagement is reflected in the plan.”


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