Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University, 2014

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 2014 were collected between January and April 2015 and represent the 11th year of data collection; 1,042 faculty and academic staff responded to the survey. Since 2004, 3,685 distinct (non-duplicative) respondents have reported their outreach and engagement through the OEMI. For this snapshot, OEMI data are augmented with data from the service-learning and civic engagement student registration system.

OEMI results for 2014 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:

76.7% = Enhanced the student experience

81.9% = Enriched community, economic, and family life

45.6% = Expanded international reach

59.8% = Increased research opportunities

49.9% = Strengthened stewardship

66.3% = Advanced our culture of high performance


Number of specific projects/activities reported

Of the respondents who described specific projects/activities:

80.8% = Reported working with external partners

69.1% = Reported having created intellectual property and scholarly outcomes

61.6% = Reported that their outreach work impacted their scholarly or teaching practices


Number of student registrations for community-engaged learning accommodated by the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement during 2014-2015, an overall increase of more than 25% from 2013-2014. At least 38% of these students were enrolled in courses that included a service-learning component.

CHART:  Forms of Engagement reported by MSU Faculty and Academic Staff in 2014
CHART:  Number of Student Registrations for Service-Learning Received and Accommodated (2002-2014)

CHART:  Number of Student Registrations for Service-Learning Received and Accommodated, 2002-2014

* 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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