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Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument (OEMI)

Since 2004, MSU’s National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement (NCSUE) has annually collected data about community-engaged scholarship and university outreach from Michigan State University faculty and academic staff through the Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument (OEMI).

The first part of the survey asks respondents how much of all of their academic work was community engaged, then to characterize this work in a number of ways. It gathers data about societal issues addressed, contributions to University strategic imperatives, whether it was meant to promote diversity or focused on urban issues, the kind of the work done (e.g., research and creative activities, technical assistance, instruction, service/experiential learning, clinical service), geographic locations, non-university people involved or served, and leveraged external funding and in-kind contributions.

The second part of the survey asks respondents to describe specific projects. It gathers data about societal issues addressed, the purposes of the project, methods and actions taken, the duration and length of the project, engagement of students, identification of partners and their roles, sources of funding, evaluation, creation of intellectual property, outcomes and impacts of the project (for the partners, communities, society), and impacts on scholarship (e.g., on-going research, teaching practices, assessments about the practice of community-engaged scholarship).

These voluntarily, self-reported data are used to generate institutional and college-level reports that may be used for benchmarking outreach and engagement activities and to support faculty in their annual reviews. They are also used to describe the University’s engagement enterprise to the public and campus by communicating examples across disciplines/sectors, and identifying and supporting the recognition of exemplars. The data support accreditation and other institutional self-studies, assessments of strategic plans, faculty networking efforts, professional development planning, university development initiatives, public access efforts, mapping locations of partnerships, etc.

The NCSUE has partnered with a number of higher education institutions to provide customized and hosted use of the OEMI. Guest accounts for a fully functional demonstration version of the OEMI are available by request at:


  • Other universities


Burton A. Bargerstock

Executive Director, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
Director, Communication and Information Technology
Special Adviser to the Associate Provost
Affiliated Faculty, Digital Humanities at MSU

Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship