Are you satisfied with your institution′s graduation rates? Does your institution adequately challenge and support all students and foster their learning and personal development?
A companion volume to Student Success in College the book that describes the policies, programs, and practices of twenty colleges and universities that have created success–oriented campus cultures and learning environments this next–step resource will help an institution assess whether these conditions exist. The authors present the Inventory for Student Engagement and Success (ISES), a self–guided framework for conducting a comprehensive, systematic, institutionwide analysis. The process also can be applied to areas within an institution, such as a school or college within a university, an academic or student affairs division, or a department or program. The ISES includes sets of diagnostic queries that focus on the six properties and conditions common to high–performing schools as well as the five clusters of effective educational practices featured on the National Survey of Student Engagement. Suggestions are offered to illustrate how the information generated from the ISES process can be used for various purposes including accreditation self–studies, program reviews, staff development, faculty and governing board retreats, and strategic planning.
The Inventory for Student Engagement and Success offers a practical approach for enhancing educational effectiveness and can be used to
- Focus institutional improvement or strategic planning efforts
- Inform self–studies for accreditation and program reviews
- Augment student learning outcomes assessment and related efforts to measure institutional performance
ABOUT THE AUTHORS.
PART ONE: Student Success in College: Why It Matters and What Institutions Can Do About It.
CHAPTER 1: Why Focus on Student Success?
Student Engagement: A Key to Student Success.
Project DEEP: A Window into Effective Educational Practice.
Putting DEEP to Work.
Are You Ready for ISES?
CHAPTER 2: Guiding Principles for Using the Inventory for Student Engagement and Success.
Context Is Everything.
The Whole Is Greater than the Sum of the Parts.
Evidence Is Essential: The More, the Better.
Test Prevailing Assumptions.
Cast a Wide Net.
Use Outsiders to Ask Hard Questions.
Focus on What Matters to Student Success.
Stay the Course.
PART TWO: Inventory for Student Engagement and Success.
CHAPTER 3: Using ISES to Assess the Properties and Conditions Common to Educationally Effective Colleges.
A Living Mission and Lived Educational Philosophy.
Unshakeable Focus on Student Learning.
Environments Adapted for Educational Enrichment.
Clear Pathways to Student Success.
Shared Responsibility for Educational Quality and Student Success.
Ultimately, It s About the Culture .
CHAPTER 4: Using ISES to Assess Effective Educational Practices.
Active and Collaborative Learning.
Enriching Educational Experiences.
Supportive Campus Environment.
CHAPTER 5: Using ISES for Institutional Improvement.
Applications of ISES.
A Last Word.
APPENDIX A: ISES: Suggested Interview Protocols.
APPENDIX B: DEEP Site Visit Report Timeline.
George D. Kuh is Chancellor′s Professor of Higher Education and director of the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University Bloomington, home to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the NSSE Institute for Effective Educational Practice, and the College Student Experiences Questionnaire Research Program.
Jillian Kinzie is associate director of the NSSE Institute for Effective Educational Practice and project manager of the Documenting Effective Educational Practice (DEEP) initiative.
John H. Schuh is distinguished professor of educational leadership at Iowa State University.
Elizabeth J. Whitt is professor in the College of Education and coordinator of Graduate Programs in Student Affairs Administration at the University of Iowa.