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A special virtual presentation of session I01, from New Zealand:
I01 How is Student Engagement Data Used for Faculty Development? Findings from 7 US Universities

Billy O'Steen and Lane Perry (University of Canterbury)

This paper presentation will share research conducted in 2009 with 7 US universities regarding their usage of National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) data for faculty development. Data was collected through interviews, documents, and campus visits. Presentation participants will be invited to consider the findings and share their thoughts about how this kind of data could be used for faculty development at their own institutions.

"Student engagement is simply characterized as participation in educationally effective practices, both inside and outside the classroom, which leads to a range of measurable outcomes" (Harper and Quaye, 2009). Data on student engagement has been collected since 2000 from over 1.4 million students at more than 1200 US universities with the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). While this data has been used to compile a list of teaching practices seen to have a positive impact on student engagement (Kuh, 2009), how has this data been used within institutions for faculty development? Seven US universities that scored above their peer institution averages on the NSSE were invited to share how they were using student engagement data for faculty development. Qualitative and quantitative data was collected in the form of documents (e.g., university policies, NSSE institutional reports, comparison tables), interviews, and campus visits. The data was analyzed in order to identify common characteristics and unique instances across institutions with regard to NSSE and faculty development. As there was a range of how NSSE data was used at these institutions, the findings suggest that there are both good practices that can be transferred to and adapted for other contexts and opportunities for further consideration of how to use this or other institutional data for faculty development.


Harper, S. & Quaye, S.J. (Eds.) (2009). Student engagement in higher education: Theoretical perspectives and practical approaches for diverse populations. New York: Routledge.

Kuh, G. (2009). High-impact educational practices: What they are, who has access to them, and why they matter. Association of American Colleges and Universities. Excerpt retrieved 22 January 2010 from:

Kuh, G., Kinzie, J., Buckley, J., Bridges, B., & Hayek, J. (2006). What matters to student success: A review of the literature. Commissioned Report for the National Symposium on Postsecondary Success: Spearheading a Dialog on Student Success. National Postsecondary Educational Cooperative.

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