EN­GAGE­MENT

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This pil­lar is built en­tirely from data col­lected in our alumni sur­vey, which elicited al­most 23,000 re­sponses from stu­dents from three dif­fer­ent co­horts: those who fin­ished their stud­ies in 2012 (y−5), 2013 (y−4) and 2015 (y−2). Re­sponses to 10 ques­tions are com­piled into five met­rics.

To as­sess learn­ing en­gage­ment, we look at the an­swers to four ques­tions: ● To what ex­tent did the re­spon­dent’s

school sup­port crit­i­cal think­ing? For ex­am­ple, de­vel­op­ing new con­cepts or eval­u­at­ing dif­fer­ent points of view; ● To what ex­tent did the teach­ing sup­port re­flec­tion on, or mak­ing con­nec­tions among, the things that the stu­dent has learned? For ex­am­ple, com­bin­ing ideas from dif­fer­ent les­sons to com­plete a task;

● To what ex­tent did the teach­ing sup­port the ap­pli­ca­tion of the stu­dents’ learn­ing to the real world? For ex­am­ple, tak­ing study ex­cur­sions to see con­cepts in ac­tion; ● To what ex­tent did the classes chal­lenge the re­spon­dent? For ex­am­ple, pre­sent­ing new ways of think­ing to chal­lenge as­sump­tions or val­ues.

To cap­ture a stu­dent’s op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with oth­ers to sup­port learn­ing, we use the re­sponses to two ques­tions:

● To what ex­tent does the stu­dent have the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with fac­ulty and teach­ers? For ex­am­ple, talk­ing about per­sonal progress in feed­back ses­sions; ● To what ex­tent does the col­lege pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing? For ex­am­ple, group as­sign­ments.

In view of the prac­ti­cal na­ture of busi­ness de­grees and to as­sess the level of rel­e­vance to the real world, we asked alumni the de­gree to which real-world cases were used in teach­ing, and whether they had the op­por­tu­nity to meet or work with pro­fes­sion­als with

cur­rent real-world knowl­edge (out­side the teach­ing it­self). To ac­count for the use of re­search in teach­ing, we asked about the ex­tent to which cur­rent re­search was used and dis­cussed dur­ing class.

Fi­nally, we asked alumni about the like­li­hood of their rec­om­mend­ing the school to a friend or fam­ily mem­ber. All those met­rics are at the pro­gramme level.

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