Ask Better Questions
The folks at the National Survey of Student Engagement have put some serious time and effort into looking at the critical question of college student engagement. From their site:
What students do during college counts more in terms of desired outcomes than who they are or even where they go to college. That is, the voluminous research on college student development shows that the time and energy students devote to educationally purposeful
activities is the single best predictor of their learning and personal development (Astin, 1993; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991; Pace, 1980).1995; Kuh, 2001; Kuh et al., 1991; Pascarella, 2001).
The good people of NSSE have put together a pocket guide to making the most out of a campus visit, and they’ll send a batch of these guides to you if you’re a high school counselor. Guess who just filled out the order form?
did you know that students at St. Andrews University
in St. Andrews, Scotland, can pay for a golf pass that enables them to play
any of the town’s famous old public courses? This according
to the nice folks in the main admissions office at St. Andrews.)