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From the authors of Student Success in College—the book that describes the policies, programs, and practices of twenty colleges and universities that have created success-oriented campus cultures and learning environments—comes the next-step resource to help an institution assess whether these conditions exist. The authors present the Inventory for Student Engagement and Success (ISES), a self-guided framework for conducting a comprehensive, systematic, institutionwide analysis. The process also can be applied to areas within an institution, such as a school or college within a university, an academic or student affairs division, or a department or program. The ISES includes sets of diagnostic queries that focus on the six properties and conditions common to high-performing schools as well as the five clusters of effective educational practices featured on the National Survey of Student Engagement. Suggestions are offered to illustrate how the information generated from the ISES process can be used for various purposes including accreditation self-studies, program reviews, staff development, faculty and governing board retreats, and strategic planning.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS.
PART ONE: Student Success in College: Why It Matters and What Institutions Can Do About It.
CHAPTER 1: Why Focus on Student Success?
Student Engagement: A Key to Student Success.
Project DEEP: A Window into Effective Educational Practice.
Putting DEEP to Work.
Are You Ready for ISES?
CHAPTER 2: Guiding Principles for Using the Inventory for Student Engagement and Success.
Context Is Everything.
The Whole Is Greater than the Sum of the Parts.
Evidence Is Essential: The More, the Better.
Test Prevailing Assumptions.
Cast a Wide Net.
Use Outsiders to Ask Hard Questions.
Focus on What Matters to Student Success.
Stay the Course.
PART TWO: Inventory for Student Engagement and Success.
CHAPTER 3: Using ISES to Assess the Properties and Conditions Common to Educationally Effective Colleges.
A “Living” Mission and “Lived” Educational Philosophy.
Unshakeable Focus on Student Learning.
Environments Adapted for Educational Enrichment.
Clear Pathways to Student Success.
Shared Responsibility for Educational Quality and Student Success.
“Ultimately, It’s About the Culture”.
CHAPTER 4: Using ISES to Assess Effective Educational Practices.
Active and Collaborative Learning.
Enriching Educational Experiences.
Supportive Campus Environment.
CHAPTER 5: Using ISES for Institutional Improvement.
Applications of ISES.
A Last Word.
APPENDIX A: ISES: Suggested Interview Protocols.
APPENDIX B: DEEP Site Visit Report Timeline.