Student and Faculty Involvement in Missouri State University's Public Affairs Mission

Data last updated: March 2016

Student engagement is strongly related to student success. While there are many activities employed to engage our students some of the most influential are: the incorporation of High Impact Educational Experiences (HIEE); the development of strong local, regional, state, national, and global partners; and to encourage awareness and involvement in the University’s sustainability efforts.

Note: Fiscal Year 2015 refers to Summer 2014--Fall 2014--Spring 2015.

Data are updated annually: HIEE in summer, PA Events in spring, Initiatives in fall.

[LRP, Public Affairs Integration Objectives 3 & 4; Partners for Progress Objective 5; Responsible Stewardship, Objective 6].

Note: HIEE identification and tracking are in progress. Participation rates will be adjusted as data become available.

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High Impact Educational Experiences (HIEE)

Measure 1: Unduplicated Number of Degree-Seeking Undergraduate Students Participating in HIEE**


Fiscal Year 2014 Fiscal Year 2015
Total HIEE Participation 6,109 8,227
Fiscal Year 2012 Fiscal Year 2013 Fiscal Year 2014 Fiscal Year 2015
Service Learning 1,792 2,013 2,249 2,393
Internships / Practica / Student Teaching 1,831 1,817 1,878 3,336
Focused Field Experiences 120 124 143 1,466
Study Abroad 340 399 376 322
Total HIEE Participation 3,724 5,329 6,109 8,227
Undergraduate Headcount 17,028 16,999 17,332 17,750
Student-Faculty Research / Creative Activity 1,909 2,994 4,446
Collaborative Assignments and Projects 1,119

* *Each category represents an unduplicated headcount; actual participation is higher because some students may participate more than once.

Measure 2: Percent of Degree-Seeking Undergraduate Students participating in HIEE


Fiscal Year 2014 Fiscal Year 2015
Service Learning 12.98% 13.48%
Internships / Practica / Student Teaching 10.84% 18.79%
Focused Field Experiences 0.83% 8.26%
Study Abroad 2.17% 1.81%
Total HIEE Participation 35.25% 46.35%
Student-Faculty Research / Creative Activity 17.27% 25.05%
Collaborative Assignments and Projects 6.30%
Fiscal Year 2012 Fiscal Year 2013 Fiscal Year 2014 Fiscal Year 2015
Service Learning 10.52% 11.84% 12.98% 13.48%
Internships / Practica / Student Teaching 10.75% 10.69% 10.84% 18.79%
Focused Field Experiences 0.70% 0.73% 0.83% 8.26%
Study Abroad 2.00% 2.35% 2.17% 1.81%
Total HIEE Participation 21.87% 31.35% 35.25% 46.35%
Student-Faculty Research / Creative Activity 11.23% 17.27% 25.05%
Collaborative Assignments and Projects 6.30%

Current MSU Public Affairs Activities

Measure 1: Public Affairs Year in Review*

For more information about Public Affairs activities visit MSU Public Affairs web pages


  1. Public Affairs Highlights

    Center for Community Engagement (CCE)
    The CCE's mission is to support and advance Missouri State University's Public Affairs mission by increasing the university's involvement in local, regional, and statewide efforts at community engagement. The CCE works to increase the visibility and effectiveness of the university's community engagement efforts by focusing on areas including, but not limited to, community-based research, grant writing, and tracking and maximizing the university's civic footprint.

    Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
    In 2010, Missouri State University applied for and received this elective that involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity, and commitments. The classification is not an award. It is an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement. Currently, 361 U.S. colleges and universities have received the Community Engagement Classification.

    President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
    Every year since 2008, Missouri State University has been named to the President's Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

    eJournal of Public Affairs
    The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal published by Missouri State University and affiliated with the American Democracy Project. By providing an academic, nationally refereed venue for such work, the eJournal aims to advance the status of public scholarship.

    Board of Governors Excellence in Public Affairs Awards for Faculty and Staff
    The Missouri State University Board of Governors recognizes faculty and staff who excel at carrying out the Public Affairs mission. Up to three faculty award winners and up to three staff award winners are selected each year.

    Signature Events
    Missouri State University has established seven signature Public Affairs events to inspire ethical leadership, cultural competence, and community engagement:
    • New Student Convocation
    • Public Affairs Week
    • Community Engagement Project
    • Public Affairs Convocation
    • Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference
    • Public Affairs Conference
    • Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame
  2. Public Affairs Critical Partnerships

    The American Democracy Project (ADP)
    ADP is a multi-campus initiative focused on public higher education's role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The project began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times. Missouri State University participates in the following ADP initiatives:
    • The Campus & Community Civic Health Initiative is a newly created effort to measure and improve campus and community civic health. Missouri State is one out of twenty-five universities to partake in this project.
    • eCitizenship - This three-year initiative is a partnership of AASCU and the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University. The participating thirty-five institutions work together to study how emerging technologies, particularly social networks, support and facilitate civic and political engagement. The main goal of the initiative is to provide insights into and strategies for engaging undergraduates in the use of social networks and technology tools for civic purposes.
    • The Global Engagement Initiative merged from ADP's partnership with The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and their Seven Revolutions program. The program identified seven areas of change expected to be most revolutionary through 2025.
    • Economic Inequality in Our Democracy: A Joint ADP/TDC National Initiative - This initiative began in February 2014. Since then, a small cohort of two- and four-year ADP and TDC member institutions joined lead institutions in this three-year initiative to understand the impact of economic inequality on our democracy. The goal of this initiative is to help students think about and take action to confront the complex causes of growing economic inequality.
    • eJournal of Public Affairs - The journal focuses on scholarship related to engagement in the public arena and, in particular, themes of citizenship and civic engagement.

    Imagining America, Citizen Alum
    Missouri State University participates in the Citizen Alum Challenge, which encourages U.S. colleges and universities to graduate more community-oriented, socially responsive students. Participating universities see alumni not just as donors, but also as civic "doers."

    National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)
    The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is a congressionally chartered organization dedicated to strengthening civic life in America. In 2010, Missouri State University's Center for Community Engagement (CCE) began a partnership with NCoC to lead the Missouri Civic Health Initiative. Since then, the CCE and NCoC have produced two statewide Civic Health Index reports. Missouri State University will continue to work with NCoC on more initiative activities, including "Civic health in action," "Sharing best practices," "Civic health research," and "National service."
  3. Assessing Student Learning and Public Affairs

    University Exit Exam
    All undergraduate students at Missouri State University who have completed 90 or more credit hours are required to take the University Exit Exam prior to graduation. The exam consists of two parts, which together constitute the entire exam. Part 1 is the Graduating Senior Survey, which all students take in common. There are two versions of Part 2; a randomly assigned 50% of students take the Ethical Leadership version, while the remaining 50% take the ETS Proficiency Profile. The Ethical Leadership version is a multiple choice/open-ended question survey regarding student learning related to public affairs. The ETS Proficiency Profile is a standardized exam designed to measure students' basic academic skills and their proficiency in critical thinking, reading, writing, and mathematics in the context of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

    Data is updated each fall.

    Note: Fiscal Year 2012 refers to Summer 2011-Fall 2011-Spring 2012.

    [LRP, Access to Success Objective 9; MO-PFM]
  4. KPI 8: Public Affairs
    The Quality Initiative Project is a direct assessment of student learning evidence collected from faculty and staff who identified public affairs assignments within their own courses.
    Summer 2013 (n=807)Fall 2013 (n=253)Summer 2014 (n=284)
    Highest Performing Attributes of Student Learning
    • Ethical Dilemmas and Recognition
    • Diversity of Communities and Cultures
    • Ethical Dilemmas and Recognition
    • Application of Ethical Perceptions/Concepts
    • Cultural Self-Awareness
    • Diversity and Communities and Cultures
    *Public affairs attributes were intentionally embedded in course assignments faculty and staff submitted.

    The National Survey of Student Engagement is a web survey that is used to collect data from first-year and senior students about their experiences in and out of the classroom. More than 1.25 million first-year and seniors from 577 academic institutions were sent invitations to take the 2012 NSSE. Of that, 321,649 students responded.
    2012 (n=324)MSU First-YearsPlains Public First-YearsCarnegieCUMU
    First-year students who participated in a community-based project as part of a regular course ("often" or "very often") 18% 13%*** 15%* 15%*
    2012 (n=753)MSU SeniorsPlains Public SeniorsCarnegieCUMU
    Seniors who participated in a community-based project as part of a regular course ("often" or "very often") 22% 19% 21% 19%*

    2012 (n=753)MSU SeniorsPlains Public SeniorsCarnegieCUMU
    Seniors who completed a practicum, internship, field experience, clinical assignment 56% 52% 49% 46%

    2012 (n=324)MSU First-YearsPlains Public First-YearsCarnegieCUMU
    Community Service or Volunteer (have you done or do you plan to do) 59% 38%*** 38%*** 40%***
    2012 (n=753)MSU SeniorsPlains Public SeniorsCarnegieCUMU
    Community Service or Volunteer (have you done or do you plan to do) 65% 64% 58% 55%

    (***Asterisks: NSSE uses three statistical significance levels at *p<.05, **p<.01 and ***p<.001. The smaller the level, the less likely the average difference is a result of chance.)

* Not an exhaustive list


Measure 1: AASHE-STARS Rating

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™(STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS® was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) with broad participation from the higher education community.


Fiscal year Rating
Fiscal Year 2015 Silver

Measure 2: Major initiatives MSU is taking in sustainability


  1. Sustainability education and engagement activities implemented.
    • Development of the campus community garden (funded by the student sustainability fund) - The Campus Garden continues to be maintained with enhancements such as raised beds and late season frost protection to extend the educational opportunities.
    • Green Teams implemented to promote sustainability at the office, department, and organization level. 5 Green Teams are in place as of June 1, 2014; the development of Leaf Two was completed and implemented in October of 2014.
        a. The number of Green Teams in place has increased to 24 (as of 3/14/16).
    • Creation of Eco-Reps program to provide sustainability education to students, increase involvement and encourage behavior change. Involvement in this program counts as University approved service hours for scholarships, student organizations and Greek organizations.
        a. For the 2015-2016 academic year, 18 Eco-Reps signed up to participate.
    • Creation of Bears for Sustainability Living Learning Community to house up to 42 students beginning Fall 2015.
  2. Construction and pursuit of LEED certification for the Bond Learning Center, Science Scholar’s Laboratory at Greenwood, and the Foster Recreation Center
    • Related to the LEED process, construction waste has been minimized with over 80% of the waste being recycled versus going to the landfill.
        a. Construction waste is monitored in our current project requirements which impacts the amount of waste going into the landfill.
    • Daylight controls are being used in new construction projects that automatically dim lighting to save energy
        a. O’Reilly Center has daylighting sensors that adjusts the amount of room lighting to take advantage of the natural lighting while saving energy.
    • All renovations and new construction use only energy efficient lighting often controlled by occupancy sensors.
    • While not pursuing the actual LEED certification, the LEED requirements are followed to assure we continue developing sustainable facilities.
  3. Installation of 24 hydration stations (14 funded by the student sustainability fund) primarily in academic buildings - Completed as of June 1, 2014.
      a. The installation of hydration stations has continued around campus.
  4. Energy saving activities completed.
    • Installation of the over 680 LED lights and over 200 occupancy sensors in classroom buildings – LED light installations of over 1,000 bulbs replaced; over 200 occupancy sensors remains current number completed to date. Three parking lots have been replaced with LED lights to create a cleaner and safer look to the campus while also saving energy. The new parking lot that was built during the summer of 2015 was provided with LED lighting. The gymnasium lighting at Greenwood Laboratory School has been replaced with energy efficient T5 fluorescent fixtures.
    • The installation of LED lighting fixtures is complete. 374 pedestrian site lighting fixtures have been retrofitted with LED lamps. This conversion will provide an annual energy savings of 74% for these fixtures.
    • Pressure independent valve installation complete at Hammons Student Center, Hammons House, Hutchens House, Freudenberger House, Garst Dining Center, Blair-Shannon House, Strong Hall, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Wehr Band Hall, Hill Hall, Forsythe Athletics Center, Plaster Student Union, and Temple Hall.
    • Education
      • Participated in Campus Conservation Nationals April 2014, a nationwide competition amongst universities to conserve energy. Competed directly with MU- Columbia, and won with overall energy reduction of 9.1%. This project resulted in a reduction of 9.1%, $9,909, 138,943 kwh. Competition will continue to occur annually.
        1. a. Participated in Campus Conservation Nationals April 2015, a nationwide competition amongst universities to conserve energy. Achieved 11.1% energy reduction during Campus Conservation Nationals 2015. Received recognition in the CCN 2015 Poster Innovation Contest, placing first and third in the Behavior Change Category.
      • Energy awareness programming occurred in October of 2014. An energy competition between buildings was held resulting in a 27% reduction of energy consumed. The resulting cost savings totaled $38,057 (Note: weather was a factor, baseline was August).
        1. a. Participated in EcoChallenge 2015 in October. We had 22 MSU teams, comprised of 115 students, faculty and staff, sign-up with 4,333 EcoChallengers nationwide to take action and reduce their impact. Collectively, MSU participants saved 861 gallons of water, 152 lbs. of C02, and 1 lb. of paper in addition to diverting 19 lbs. of food waste and 43 disposable cups from the landfill.
    • Utilized the surplus capacity of the Chilled Water Loop to add or replace cooling requirements versus installing building-specific and expensive chillers. Greenwood Laboratory School and Foster Recreation Center are the most recent. In addition, installed pressure independent valves to support the improvement of the chilled water loop – Chilled Water Loop surplus capacity allowed for connecting to the Wehr Band Hall and Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts; installation of pressure independent valves in some Residence Halls restored capacity to the Loop to accommodate this.
    • Additional buildings that have been added to the Chilled Water Loop include the east grandstand at Plaster Stadium, Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium, Sunvilla Tower, the O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center, and the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center.
  5. MSU is purchasing 400 kW per year from City Utilities Solar Farm Initiative.