Assessment of Student Engagement in Higher Education: A Synthesis of Literature and Assessment Tools

B. Jean Mandernach


Educational research increasingly highlights the importance of student engagement and its impact on retention, learning and persistence. Despite widespread agreement on the value of student engagement, assessing engagement in higher education remains a challenge. To effectively measure student engagement (and understand its influence on the learning experience), it is essential that each institution defines the scope of engagement within their unique context and selects assessment metrics that align with the target definition. The dynamic nature of engagement mandates a multi-faceted approach to assessment that captures the interactive nature of the behavioral, affective and cognitive dimensions comprising student engagement. The value of various modes and tools for assessing student engagement in higher education are discussed.



student engagement, program assessment, curriculum, higher education

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