Are Students Engaged or Adrift?: Student Engagement at a Brazilian Research University

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
12:00pm- 1:00pm Lunch will be Served
Library Evans Hall, Room 768 
Ana Maria Carneiro
Visiting Scholar, CSHE, University of California, Berkeley, Brazil
Researcher,University of Campinas (Unicamp, São Paulo, Brazil), Center for the Study of Public Policies (NEPP)

Ana Maria Carneiro, Visiting Scholar, Brazil, University of California, Berkeley will discuss her research on student engagement at the University of Campinas, Unicamp in Brazil. Unicamp is a top tier public research university. Founded in 1966, Unicamp is responsible for 10% doctorate degrees and 8% academic research in Brazil. In 2012, Unicamp had 18,820 students in 67 academic programs, 35% of them being offered at night time. Carneiro partnered with the SERU International Consortium, a collection of 15 leading research universities to conduct research at her home institution. Over 3,400 Undergraduate students replied to the “Student Experience on Research Universities” (SERU) Survey in 2012. Strategic questions that were analyzed were: Are undergraduate students at the University of Campinas engaged or adrift? What are their main modes of engagement? How do both the extent and patterns of engagement vary based on student background, level of study, field of study, among other items? The undergraduate survey has the objective of making an in-depth study of the undergraduate experience and promoting an institutional culture of evidence and self-improvement, through the systematic analysis and use of data for policymaking. The data synthesized from the University of Campinas led to common themes affecting student engagement abroad and also domestically. Several areas of engagement that were focused on were: academic engagement, extracurricular engagement and research engagement. Join us as we explore the student experience at research universities.  


Ana Maria Carneiro is a Researcher at the University of Campinas (Unicamp, São Paulo, Brazil),Center for the Study of Public Policies (NEPP), since 2010. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Center For Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley. Her research interests focus on student educational outcomes, the impact of general education on student development, and longitudinal studies applied to higher education impact evaluation. She coordinates the evaluation of the Interdisciplinary Higher Education Program (ProFIS), a higher education program at Unicamp, which serves as an affirmative action program and a general education program. She is a associate coordinator of the Laboratory for the Study of Higher Education (LEES) at Unicamp. LEES is a research group devoted to the study of the impacts of Brazilian Higher Education expansion on inequality and social stratification. Ana Maria Carneiro received her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from Unicamp, her M.S. in Sociology from Unicamp, and her B.S. in Social Sciences from Federal University of Goiás.