With the publication of this book on student engagement in higher education, Birmingham City University has proven itself as a true pioneer on student engagement. Its’ student engagement strategies are shown in 15 compelling chapters co-written by students and staff.
The writing process of the book itself followed the well known and proven LiHE-symposium format, where a call for chapters and symposium participation was circulated around BCU. 200 people showed up at two project kick-off meetings, and 65 authors applied for the first round of peer-review. The manuscript itself was finalised during a three day LiHE-symposium at Wroxall Abbey in the UK. 12 months later we now have the book with 15 inspiring chapters co-written by 43 students and staff. Birmingham City University has documented its student engagement strategies and made the results available for colleagues world wide.
About Student Engagement – Identity, Motivation and Community
Today, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are bombarded by pressures and challenges demanding innovative responses. Although international higher education continues to experience considerable growth, there still is a need to review the learning landscapes of mature higher education systems. In such times, and especially when the financial demands on prospective students change, the relationships between the student and the university, or more crudely between the customer and the provider, are modified and expectations are likely to rise.
In response to these challenges, a common central theme has been the need to improve ‘student engagement’. Yet this is a term which is widely used but often misunderstood or misinterpreted. AsStudent Engagement: Identity, Motivation and Community shows, student engagement needs to be addressed systematically and strategically, requiring far more than the adoption of a consumer approach to student learning, or palliatives such as the cosmetic boosting of student numbers on university committees. The underlying challenges require empowering students across institutions to make change for themselves, so creating ‘active citizens’.
All the chapters of this ground-breaking book have been co-written by staff and students from a single Higher Education Institution (HEI), yet the contributions are firmly located in the wider literature and avoid both myopic introspection and inappropriate generalisation. The case studies describe approaches based on partnership and not on transaction, but they also show that the challenge is not just to institutions and decision makers in the sector but to the student bodies themselves. They indicate that both institutions and student representative bodies alike need to question some of the long held dogma on how universities and students should interact.
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