Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University, 2015

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 2015 were collected between January and April 2016 and represent the 12th year of data collection; 837 faculty and academic staff responded to the survey. Since 2004, 3,935 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 2015 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:

76.0% = Enhanced the student experience

79.3% = Enriched community, economic, and family life

38.3% = Expanded international reach

54.4% = Increased research opportunities

52.6% = Strengthened stewardship

62.8% = Advanced our culture of high performance


Number of specific projects/activities reported

Of the respondents who described specific projects/activities:

79.8% = Reported working with external partners

73.3% = Reported having created intellectual property and scholarly outcomes

60.7% = Reported that their outreach work impacted their scholarly or teaching practices


Number of students who participated in community-engaged learning and/or community service during the 2015-2016 academic year. Of those students, 39% (10,651) were registered in community engaged learning as part of an academic course or program and 61% (16,824) participated in co-curricular community service.

CHART:  Forms of Engagement reported by MSU Faculty and Academic Staff in 2015

CHART:  Number of Student Registrations for Service-Learning Received and Accommodated, 2002-2015

CHART:  Number of Student Registrations for Service-Learning Received and Accommodated, 2002-2015

* 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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