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Interaction Between Students and Faculty

Interaction between students and faculty, or the sum total of face-to-face and online communication throughout a student’s educational experience, can benefit everyone involved—students, faculty, administration, and the learning community. The 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement described student–faculty interaction: 63% of students use e-mail to communicate with faculty often or very often, 56% discuss ideas from required readings or class discussion often, and 51% discuss grades or assignments often or very often. However, 69% of students report never speaking with instructors for reasons other than coursework. Increased interaction between students and faculty, whether related or unrelated to course activities, leads to higher student grade point average, increased retention rates, and higher student satisfaction. Minority students, returning students, and those enrolled exclusively in online classes see ...

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