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Faculty members encouraged to take national survey

April 8, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University is one of hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities participating in the 2010 Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, a national research project that studies faculty perspectives on student engagement.

The survey period begins Tuesday, March 23, when WMU instructors of all 2010 spring semester undergraduate, credit-bearing courses will receive an invitation to participate.

Faculty members will have through April 30 to respond and complete the online questions. FSSE officials will send the e-mail invitations under the signature of Dr. John M. Dunn, president of the University.

"We encourage faculty to share their observations by completing the FSSE," says Dr. Eileen B. Evans, vice provost for institutional effectiveness. "The survey gathers information through anonymous online responses and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. It will help identify areas of strength at WMU, as well as aspects of the undergraduate experience that may need attention."

Piloted in 2003, the FSSE is now in its eighth year of administration. It works in conjunction with the National Survey of Student Engagement. Data collected by the two surveys can be compared to identify gaps in perceptions between faculty and students at participating institutions.

"Both FSSE and NSSE data will support and reinforce student engagement efforts already under way at WMU," Evans says.

FSSE collects data to discover the types of educational experiences emphasized at each participating school as well as faculty practices at these schools related to teaching, performing research and other professional activities. These data allow WMU to compare information collected from its previous surveys and compare faculty experiences across lower- and upper-level courses.

For more information, contact Eileen Evans at eileen.evans@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2314

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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