Bob Gonyea Keynote

The Use of Student Engagement Data in the Assessment of Liberal Learning

Talking with Bob Gonyea

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What keeps students engaged with their courses and their college?

Bob Gonyea, University of Indiana, joined us for a conversation about the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the implications of that survey’s results for faculty AND staff in dean’s offices, residence life, and other staff that support students attending a college or university.
What can student engagement results tell us about best practices in teaching and learning? Dr. Gonyea will discuss the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) new Engagement Indicators that include ten short scales that touch on themes such as academic challenge, learning with peers, experiences with faculty, and the campus environment. In addition, he will talk about six High-Impact Practices—special undergraduate opportunities that have a particularly positive impact on learning and retention—and about NSSE’s new emphases on student experiences with writing, diversity, and academic advising. 

The workshop will explore the University of Delaware's past NSSE results and help participants develop strategies for making the most of our spring 2014 participation in NSSE. The University’s NSSE results are available for your review on Institutional Research's secure NSSE website To gain access, you will need to enter your UDelNet ID as your Username and Password. If you have difficulty accessing the website, please email Institutional Research at


About the keynote speaker

Bob Gonyea
Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research

Bob Gonyea

Bob Gonyea is associate director of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. He coordinates research and reporting for the National Survey of Student Engagement and associated projects, and is also director of the College Student Experiences Questionnaire. Since 1999, Bob has been an integral contributor to NSSE’s development and success, such as the continuous improvement and testing of survey questions, design of reports and tools for institutional assessment, and the creation of the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) to assess precollege preparation and engagement.

Bob spent the early part of his career in student affairs administration where he gained insights about positive student development and effective campus environments. His current research interests include the assessment of college and university quality, writing as a form of engagement in learning, high-impact practices for undergraduate learners, and survey design. Bob’s work has appeared in Research in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Liberal Education, New Directions for Institutional Research, and other higher education publications.

Bob’s Ed.D. is from Indiana University in higher education and student affairs, with a minor in educational inquiry.