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Document Number: 7049

Connecting the Dots: Multi-Faceted Analyses of the Relationships between Student Engagement Results from the NSSE, and the Institutional Practices and Conditions That Foster - The purpose of this report is to determine the relationships between student engagement and selected measures of success in college for students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds attending different types of four-year colleges and universities. The report's findings include: (1) engagement has positive, modest effects on grades and persistence for students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, even after controlling for key pre-college variables; and (2) engagement has compensatory effects on first-year grades and persistence to the second year of college at the same institution for historically underserved students. The authors argue that most institutions can foster greater levels of student engagement and success by more consistently using what this and other research shows are promising policies and effective educational practices. (George D. Kuh, Jillian Kinzie, Ty Cruce, Rick Shoup and Robert M. Gonyea, Center for Postsecondary Research, August 2006) ...

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