Educators Visit from Project DEEP

Posted: October 15, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Five educators from Project DEEP (Documenting Effective Educational Practices), a national study of “high performing” colleges and universities, will be on the Fairfax campus tomorrow through Friday to meet with students, faculty, and administrators. Project DEEP is a project of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) to learn how high performing colleges and universities promote student success.

George Mason is one of about 20 high performing colleges that will be closely examined by Project DEEP researchers to learn what the university does to engage students in educationally effective practices and support student persistence and graduation. A second site visit will be made to George Mason, probably in the spring of 2003.

The schools selected for the study meet two primary criteria: they have higher-than-predicted graduation rates, and they have higher-than-predicted NSSE benchmark scores. The results of this study are expected to identify for faculty members, administrators, and governing board members those policies and practices that are especially powerful in helping students succeed in college and to show how information about the student experience can be used to improve academic programs and support services.

To view the results of the George Mason NSSE 2000 project, visit and click on NSSE.

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