ERIC Number: EJ863133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Assessment Measures: Using the IUPUI Faculty Survey to Assess Civic Engagement
Pike, Gary R.
Assessment Update, v21 n5 p14-16 Sep-Oct 2009
Civic engagement has become an important element in the mission of many colleges and universities. O'Meara (2005) found that almost two-thirds of the chief academic officers responding to a survey reported that their institution had updated its mission or strategic planning documents to include statements about civic engagement. However, only about one-third of the respondents indicated that their institution was able to document higher levels of civic engagement. Clearly, the assessment of how effectively institutions engage with their communities lags behind the desire to be engaged. To date, many of the efforts to assess civic engagement have relied on students' self-reports of civic engagement. Both the National Survey of Student Engagement's "College Student Report" and the Higher Education Research Institute's "College Senior Survey" have been used to document levels of civic engagement, but these surveys are limited in that they only measure student involvement in a relatively narrow range of civic activities. In this article, the author discusses how the faculty survey at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is used in order to assess faculty beliefs and behaviors related to service learning and civic engagement.
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Service Learning, National Surveys, Higher Education, Evaluation, Strategic Planning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement