ERIC Number: EJ868898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 136
What Student Affairs Professionals Need to Know about Student Engagement
Kuh, George D.
Journal of College Student Development, v50 n6 p683-706 Nov-Dec 2009
In this paper, the author summarizes the role and contributions of the scholarship and institutional research about student engagement and its relevance for student development professionals and others committed to enhancing the quality of the undergraduate experience. The presentation is organized into four major sections. First, the author briefly describes the evolution of the student engagement concept and explains its importance to student development. Then, he summarizes findings from research studies about the relationships between student engagement and selected activities including participation in high-impact practices, employment, and some other experiences of relevance to the current generation of undergraduates. Next, he discusses some topics that warrant additional investigation to better understand how to further potential and utility of student engagement research and institutional policies and practices that the findings suggest. He closes with some observations about the implications of student engagement research for student affairs professionals and others on campus committed to improving the quality of undergraduate education.
Descriptors: Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Student Development, College Students, Undergraduate Study, Learner Engagement, Institutional Research, Educational Research, Time on Task, Student College Relationship, Expectation, Outcomes of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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