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ERIC Number: EJ1096913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Measuring Scholarly Outreach at Michigan State University: Definition, Challenges, Tools
Church, Robert L.; Zimmerman, Diane L.; Bargerstock, Burton A.; Kenney, Patricia A.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v8 n1 p141-152 2003
At Michigan State University (MSU) we have developed and are testing a faculty survey instrument to gather institution-wide information on outreach activity. We have sought to define consistent quantitative measures that can be used both to describe the whole institution's investment of resources in engagement activities and to establish expectations of what individuals and units should contribute to meeting the institution's outreach or engagement mission. In this article we first discuss MSU's definition of outreach/engagement as a form of scholarship and the conceptual and political issues that arise in determining what activities should be counted. Second, we explain some impediments experienced in creating an appropriate survey instrument and some general barriers to collecting data on outreach activities. Third, we describe the data collection strategy. Finally, we discuss the online survey tool itself and the types of quantitative data we seek.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
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