11 SES 16 A, Improving Higher Education With University Social Responsibility (USR)
Many students at societal and university level show social responsibility by being part of student engagement activities (Vidal et al. 2018). These can be diverse, i.e. mentoring for younger students, involvement in a refugee education project or other fields of student engagement in arts or sports. A discourse has formed around the discussion of student engagement and its formal recognition by universities (Kahu, 2013). The legal frameworks for student engagement vary across countries and provide a non-comparable basis for internationally mobile students, who might receive recognition for student engagement in one country, but not another. The STEP-project, financed in Erasmus+ (2018-2021) focuses on making these differences visible as a basis for discussing student engagement recognition across Europe as a part of socially responsible universities. The research question is: How do higher education institutions in Europe recognize student engagement? The STEP-project provides a European Mapping of legal frameworks of student engagement recognition and a European-wide survey with universities about how student engagement is formally acknowledged (i.e. in diploma supplements, certificates, credits, workshops etc.). Results of the European-wide Mapping show that legal frameworks can be categorized in three formats: • Category 1: Available policy framework on student engagement recognition for higher education in particular • Category 2: Available other policy framework on student engagement recognition independent from higher education • Category 3: No policy framework on student engagement recognition The results are underlined with country-specific outcomes and good practices. Results of the quantitative survey will be available in June 2019 to complement the presentation.
- Kahu, E. R. (2013): Framing student engagement in higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 38:5, 758-773. - Vidal, I.; Miret, J.; Romero, M. (2018): University Social Responsibility. pp.153-166. In: Tomaschek, N. & Resch, K. (Hrsg.): Die Lifelong Learning Universität der Zukunft. Institutionelle Standpunkte der wissenschaftlichen Weiterbildung. Münster: Waxmann.
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