Following recommendations of the NSSE Strategy Task Force, the Educational Development Unit (EDU) at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning supported faculties in analyzing, discussing, and moving forward with data from the 2014 University of Calgary National Survey of Student Engagement.
Over the summer of 2014, the NSSE Action Team at the EDU consulted with Associate Deans (Teaching and Learning) of each faculty to determine their NSSE data analysis and support needs. During that time, reports for each faculty were produced, to enable them to further analyze their data related to each of the NSSE engagement indicators, and to help faculties compare their data to others within the University of Calgary and across the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities.
The NSSE survey was administered in the following faculties:
- Cumming School of Medicine
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Kinesiology
- Faculty of Nursing
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Social Work
- Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
- Haskayne School of Business
- Schulich School of Engineering
- University of Calgary in Qatar
- Werklund School of Education
The EDU hosted three retreats between September 2015 and May 2016, to provide faculties with the opportunity to share knowledge and strategies on how they are moving forward to enhance student engagement in response to their analysis of the NSSE survey data.
The idea of this Engagement Map developed through discussions during these retreats with educational leaders across campus. These leaders highlighted the need to determine and learn about what the institution was doing as a whole to encourage student engagement through its programs and initiatives. Thus, this map showcases initiatives and programs that allow students to be engaged across the institute, faculty, and course levels. It maps out these initiatives primarily by the four focal engagement indicator themes measured through the NSSE. These themes are: Academic Challenge, Campus Environment, Experiences with Faculty, and Learning with Peers. The vision of this map is to provide students, staff, and faculty with a resource on initiatives that occur throughout the campus.