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Volume 2
2007

Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University, 2006

Sponsored by MSU's National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement (NCSUE), the Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument (OEMI) gathers data about the outreach activities of MSU faculty and academic staff. The information is self-reported and participation in the annual survey is voluntary. 2006 is the third year of data collection.

The OEMI collects data along several dimensions including percentage of effort devoted to engagement work, social issues, Boldness by Design imperatives, type of activity, project location, non-university participants, and external funding or other support received. It also requests narrative information about purposes, methods, disciplinary perspectives, and impacts on the external audience and on the scholar's work.


* The number of "responses" is greater than the number of "respondents." Respondents were given the opportunity to describe their engagement activities for up to two areas of concern; each description was counted as a separate response.

1,885

Over the 3 years of the survey, total (non-duplicative) number of respondents who engaged in outreach

OEMI results for 2006* include the following:

$21,286,897

Value of salary investment by MSU faculty and academic staff in addressing issues of public concern (data from those reporting outreach activities on the OEMI)

1,305

Number of specific projects/activities reported

835

Number of MSU faculty and academic staff who reported their outreach activities

684

Number of respondents who described specific projects/activities

86% = Respondents who reported working with external partners

78% = Respondents who created intellectual property and scholarly outcomes

65% = Respondents whose outreach work impacted their scholarly or teaching practices

*2006 data was collected between December 2006 and February 2007.

97%

Respondents whose outreach contributed to achieving Boldness by Design (BBD) imperatives

72% = Enhanced the student experience

80% = Enriched community, economic, and family life

45% = Expanded international reach

66% = Increased research opportunities

55% = Strengthened stewardship

Location of Work and Issues Addressed

70%

Number of respondents whose activities were directed at institutions and individuals within Michigan

Top five societal concerns addressed in Michigan:

  • Education, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade
  • Public understanding and adult learning
  • Health and health care
  • Children youth, and families (non-school related)
  • Science/technology and business/industrial development

24%

Number of respondents whose activities were directed at institutions and individuals internationally

Top five societal concerns addressed internationally:

  • Public understanding and adult learning
  • Education, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade
  • Business and industrial development
  • Science and technology
  • Cultural institutions and programs

Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

13,825

Student applications/registrations for service-learning and civic engagement opportunities were received Summer 2006 through Spring Semester 2007. This is an increase of 2,590 over 2005-2006. (Note: All applications received are accommodated.)

47%

Applications that were for academic/course-related service-learning and civic engagement