Engaging University Students

International Insights from System-Wide Studies

  • Hamish Coates
  • Alexander C. McCormick

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Hamish Coates, Alexander C. McCormick
    Pages 1-12
  3. Ken Norrie, Chris Conway
    Pages 31-52
  4. Alexandra Radloff, Hamish Coates
    Pages 53-64
  5. David Tippin
    Pages 65-76
  6. Heidi Ross, Yuhao Cen, Jinghuan Shi
    Pages 93-107
  7. Jonathan Drennan, Sean O’Reilly, Muiris O’Connor, Cat O’Driscoll, Vivienne Patterson, Lewis Purser et al.
    Pages 109-125
  8. Hamish Coates, Alexandra Radloff, J. Francois Strydom
    Pages 127-138
  9. Hamish Coates, Alexandra Radloff
    Pages 139-150
  10. Hamish Coates, Alexander C. McCormick
    Pages 151-158
  11. Hamish Coates, Alexander C. McCormick
    Pages E1-E1
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 161-166

About this book


This book provides university teachers, leaders and policymakers with evidence on how researchers in several countries are monitoring and improving student engagement—the extent to which students are exposed to and participate in effective educational practices. It captures insights from international implementations of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), developed in the United States. In the last half decade NSSE has been adapted and used in several other countries, producing the largest international collaboration yet involving educationally relevant data on students’ engagement in higher education.

Leaders of established national collaborations draw on their experiences with hundreds of institutions to contribute their insights. Framed by their cultural and educational contexts, they discuss issues concerning first-year learners, international students, part-time and distance learners, as well as teaching and leadership in support of student learning. Each chapter outlines strategies based on national case studies and presents perspectives supported by concrete examples of how these have played out in diverse settings. The book suggests mechanisms that can be used by institutions, ministries and quality agencies around the world.


International perspectives on higher education NSSE National Survey of Student Engagement Student Engagement Student surveys Teaching and learning Tertiary education policy University performance assessment University quality assurance University students

Editors and affiliations

  • Hamish Coates
    • 1
  • Alexander C. McCormick
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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