Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University, 2008

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. Data for 2008 was collected between January and March 2009 and represents the fifth year of data collection; 1101 faculty and academic staff responded to the survey. Since 2004, 2,539 distinct (non-duplicative) respondents have reported their outreach and engagement through the OEMI. For this snapshot, OEMI data is augmented with data from the service-learning and civic engagement student registration system.

OEMI results for 2008* include the following:


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)


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

78.2% = Enhanced the student experience

75.4% = Enriched community, economic, and family life

47.5% = Expanded international reach

68.6% = Increased research opportunities

57.0% = Strengthened stewardship


Number of specific projects/activities reported

Of the respondents who described specific projects/activities:

49.3% = Reported working with external partners

44.7% = Reported having created intellectual property and scholarly outcomes

36.1% = Reported that their outreach work impacted their scholarly or teaching practices

CHART:  Forms of Engagement reported by MSU Faculty and Academic Staff in 2008
CHART:  Forms of Outreach Cross-Tabulated with Societal Concerns for 2008
CHART:  Number of Student Applications for Service-Learning Received and Accommodated, 2002-2009

* 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 social concern; each description was counted as a separate response.

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