This is one of the main conclusions of a HEFCE-commissioned study carried out by the Open University's Centre for Higher Education Research. The study found that institutions view student engagement as central to enhancing the student experience, but they placed more emphasis on viewing students as consumers. Student unions on the other hand were more likely to see students as partners in a learning community.
The study, 'Student engagement and partnership: shaping the learning experience', launched today at a UUK, GuildHE and NUS conference, explores the extent and nature of student engagement in higher education and makes a number of recommendations for future action. These include: