September 11, 2006
TO: Deans of Member and Fee-Paid Schools
FROM: Carl C. Monk
SUBJECT: Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) Invitation to Participate
I am writing to call your attention to the upcoming administration of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement.
As legal educators, we are charged with the important duty of training new members of the legal profession. The task we have set for ourselves is not a simple one. To be sure that our law schools continue to evolve in intentional, educationally purposeful ways, we must be attentive to the experiences of our students. Are they learning effectively? Are they developing a professional ethic that will prompt them to contribute beneficially to our legal system? The answers to these questions can only come from our students.
The Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE), cosponsored by the Association of American Law Schools and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is targeted toward answering these questions. Since its inception, more than 100 different law schools have participated in LSSSE. The LSSSE survey collects data directly from students about the quality of their education, including how often they do the things that matter most to their learning – studying, reading and writing, interacting with faculty members and peers, and other activities demonstrated to lead to successful learning outcomes.
The enclosed brochure includes more information on LSSSE 2007. You can view a demonstration version of the LSSSE online survey and additional project details at http://www.iub.edu/~nsse/lssse . Please note that LSSSE asks schools to register by January 19, 2007. If you have questions regarding LSSSE and the benefits of participating, contact Lindsay Watkins , LSSSE project manager, at 812-856-0735 or firstname.lastname@example.org . I hope that your school will consider LSSSE as a useful tool as you engage in institutional planning, curricular and program development, and other important educational missions.