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Gauging student engagement

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Dr. Salem presenting Krystle Abboud with an iPad.

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September 18, 2013—

Pre-med student Krystle Abboud was the lucky winner of an iPad that was offered as incentive for completing a university-wide survey on student development.

Required as part of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges re-accreditation process LAU is in the middle of, the survey measures student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.

Earlier this year, the Institutional and Research Assessment Office teamed up with Student Development and Enrollment Management to help promote the National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE). Along with the allure of an iPad, the survey was advertised on LAU’s social media platforms, as well as through posters and booths on campus manned by student assistants, leading to an impressive 28% increase in participation this year.

Dr. Elise Salem, Vice President for Student Affairs, stressed that “the NSSE is very important for LAU to better assess and improve our services.”


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