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Faculty encouraged to participate in national survey

March 28, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University is one of hundreds of colleges and universities around the country participating in the 2008 Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, a national research project that studies faculty perspectives on student engagement.

The survey period starts this week and will end at the beginning of June. FSSE officials, over the signature of Dr. Eileen B. Evans, vice provost for institutional effectiveness, will e-mail a random sample of instructors an invitation to participate and then the survey, followed by a reminder.

"We encourage faculty to share their observations by completing the FSSE," Evans says. "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 sixth 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, "including the First-Year Experience Program as well as academic and co-curricular programs."

FSSE collects data to discover the types of educational experiences emphasized at each participating school and 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 course divisions.

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

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

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