Report Overview Results Survey Instrument Profile of Participants Research Outreach Order the 2007 Report

First-year Benchmark Items

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Carnegie Classification Key:
DRU-VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)
DRU-H: Research Universities (high research activity)
DRU: Doctoral/Research Universities

Master-L: Master?s Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Master-M: Master?s Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Master-S: Master?s Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)

Bac-AS: Baccalaureate Colleges - Arts & Sciences
Bac-DIV: Baccalaureate Colleges - Diverse Fields


items Options Doc RU-VH Doc RU-H Doc DRU Masters-L Masters-M Masters-S Bac-AS Bac-Diverse Top 10% Top 50% NSSE 2007
Number of assigned textbooks, books, or book-length packs of course readings None 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% 1% 1% 1% 1%
1-4 19% 21% 22% 23% 27% 22% 13% 25% 13% 15% 22%
5-10 46% 46% 43% 45% 43% 39% 36% 43% 38% 41% 44%
11-20 25% 23% 24% 22% 20% 26% 34% 21% 31% 30% 24%
More than 20 9% 9% 10% 9% 10% 12% 17% 10% 17% 14% 10%
Number of written papers or reports of 20 PAGES OR MORE None 86% 84% 83% 82% 80% 79% 83% 81% 76% 81% 83%
1-4 11% 12% 13% 13% 14% 15% 14% 14% 18% 14% 13%
5-10 2% 2% 2% 3% 3% 3% 2% 3% 4% 3% 3%
11-20 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 2% 2% 1% 1%
More than 20 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Number of written papers or reports BETWEEN 5 AND 19 PAGES None 17% 14% 12% 15% 18% 14% 7% 16% 7% 8% 15%
1-4 54% 54% 52% 54% 53% 53% 49% 55% 44% 51% 53%
5-10 23% 25% 28% 24% 21% 25% 33% 22% 35% 31% 24%
11-20 5% 6% 7% 6% 6% 6% 10% 6% 12% 9% 6%
More than 20 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 2% 2% 3% 2% 1%
Number of written papers or reports of FEWER THAN 5 PAGES None 4% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 2% 4% 3% 2% 3%
1-4 35% 32% 32% 33% 32% 28% 22% 29% 24% 26% 32%
5-10 34% 34% 35% 34% 35% 33% 35% 32% 33% 34% 34%
11-20 19% 20% 20% 20% 20% 22% 26% 21% 25% 24% 20%
More than 20 9% 10% 11% 10% 10% 14% 15% 14% 16% 14% 11%
Coursework emphasized: ANALYZING the basic elements of an idea, experience, or theory, such as examining a particular case or situation in depth and considering its components Very little 2% 2% 2% 2% 3% 3% 2% 3% 1% 1% 2%
Some 20% 20% 20% 22% 21% 19% 15% 23% 13% 15% 20%
Quite a bit 46% 46% 45% 45% 45% 46% 44% 45% 42% 45% 45%
Very much 32% 32% 33% 30% 30% 32% 39% 29% 44% 38% 32%
Coursework emphasized: SYNTHESIZING and organizing ideas, information, or experiences into new, more complex interpretations and relationships Very little 4% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 3% 6% 3% 3% 5%
Some 30% 29% 29% 31% 30% 28% 24% 31% 21% 25% 30%
Quite a bit 42% 42% 41% 42% 42% 41% 43% 42% 42% 43% 42%
Very much 24% 24% 25% 23% 23% 26% 29% 22% 34% 29% 24%
Coursework emphasized: MAKING JUDGMENTS about the value of information, arguments, or methods, such as examining how others gathered and interpreted data and assessing the soundness of their conclusions Very little 6% 7% 5% 5% 6% 5% 4% 6% 4% 5% 6%
Some 31% 28% 28% 28% 27% 26% 25% 29% 24% 26% 29%
Quite a bit 41% 41% 41% 41% 42% 43% 43% 41% 41% 42% 41%
Very much 22% 24% 26% 25% 24% 27% 28% 24% 31% 27% 24%
Coursework emphasized: APPLYING theories or concepts to practical problems or in new situations Very little 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 3% 4% 3% 3% 4%
Some 23% 23% 23% 25% 24% 23% 22% 26% 18% 20% 23%
Quite a bit 40% 40% 41% 41% 41% 40% 41% 40% 38% 40% 40%
Very much 34% 33% 32% 30% 31% 33% 34% 30% 41% 37% 32%
Worked harder than you thought you could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations Never 10% 9% 8% 8% 7% 6% 7% 7% 7% 7% 8%
Sometimes 41% 40% 38% 39% 38% 36% 37% 38% 35% 37% 39%
Often 35% 37% 37% 38% 38% 40% 39% 38% 39% 38% 37%
Very often 13% 14% 17% 16% 17% 17% 17% 17% 20% 17% 15%
Hours per 7-day week spent preparing for class (studying, reading, writing, doing homework or lab work, analyzing data, rehearsing, and other academic activities) 0 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
1-5 13% 17% 18% 21% 20% 20% 11% 20% 12% 12% 17%
6-10 25% 28% 28% 29% 28% 27% 23% 28% 22% 24% 27%
11-15 23% 22% 22% 21% 20% 21% 23% 21% 22% 23% 22%
16-20 18% 16% 15% 14% 14% 15% 19% 15% 19% 18% 16%
21-25 10% 9% 8% 7% 9% 8% 12% 8% 12% 11% 9%
26-30 6% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 6% 4% 7% 6% 5%
More than 30 5% 4% 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 3% 6% 5% 4%
Institutional emphasis: Spending significant amounts of time studying and on academic work Very little 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 3% 1% 2% 2%
Some 18% 20% 19% 20% 18% 20% 14% 19% 13% 15% 19%
Quite a bit 47% 48% 48% 48% 49% 47% 45% 46% 43% 46% 48%
Very much 33% 30% 30% 29% 32% 31% 39% 32% 42% 37% 32%
Asked questions in class or contributed to class discussions Never 6% 5% 3% 3% 3% 2% 1% 3% 2% 2% 4%
Sometimes 46% 43% 38% 38% 36% 31% 28% 34% 28% 33% 39%
Often 33% 34% 34% 36% 35% 37% 38% 37% 37% 37% 35%
Very often 15% 19% 25% 23% 25% 29% 32% 26% 34% 27% 22%
Made a class presentation Never 22% 20% 13% 14% 13% 10% 9% 13% 6% 9% 16%
Sometimes 57% 55% 53% 52% 50% 50% 57% 50% 44% 52% 53%
Often 17% 19% 26% 26% 28% 29% 28% 28% 34% 29% 23%
Very often 5% 6% 8% 8% 9% 11% 7% 9% 16% 10% 7%
Worked with other students on projects DURING CLASS Never 14% 12% 11% 11% 12% 11% 13% 12% 10% 10% 12%
Sometimes 46% 46% 45% 45% 43% 44% 49% 46% 42% 45% 45%
Often 30% 32% 33% 33% 34% 32% 29% 32% 34% 33% 32%
Very often 9% 10% 11% 11% 12% 13% 8% 10% 15% 12% 10%
Worked with classmates OUTSIDE OF CLASS to prepare class assignments Never 12% 15% 15% 17% 15% 15% 7% 17% 9% 10% 15%
Sometimes 45% 45% 45% 45% 43% 44% 44% 44% 39% 43% 45%
Often 30% 28% 29% 28% 29% 29% 36% 29% 34% 33% 29%
Very often 13% 12% 11% 10% 13% 12% 13% 11% 18% 14% 12%
Tutored or taught other students (paid or voluntary) Never 47% 49% 53% 55% 52% 52% 49% 54% 45% 48% 51%
Sometimes 37% 35% 33% 32% 33% 32% 35% 31% 36% 35% 34%
Often 12% 12% 10% 10% 10% 10% 11% 10% 12% 12% 11%
Very often 5% 4% 4% 4% 4% 5% 5% 5% 7% 5% 5%
Participated in a community-based project (e.g., service learning) as part of a regular course Never 67% 63% 61% 65% 61% 56% 57% 59% 47% 53% 64%
Sometimes 22% 24% 26% 24% 26% 29% 29% 28% 32% 30% 24%
Often 8% 9% 9% 8% 9% 11% 10% 9% 14% 11% 8%
Very often 3% 4% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 4% 8% 5% 4%
Discussed ideas from your readings or classes with others outside of class (students, family members, co-workers, etc.) Never 7% 8% 7% 9% 8% 6% 4% 8% 6% 6% 8%
Sometimes 40% 39% 39% 38% 38% 37% 34% 39% 34% 37% 38%
Often 35% 34% 35% 34% 34% 35% 37% 35% 35% 36% 35%
Very often 18% 18% 19% 19% 20% 22% 24% 18% 25% 21% 19%
Discussed grades or assignments with an instructor Never 10% 8% 8% 8% 8% 6% 5% 7% 5% 6% 8%
Sometimes 48% 45% 42% 43% 41% 38% 40% 41% 34% 38% 44%
Often 28% 30% 32% 31% 33% 34% 35% 32% 36% 35% 31%
Very often 14% 17% 18% 17% 18% 22% 20% 20% 26% 21% 17%
Discussed ideas from your readings or classes with faculty members outside of class Never 45% 44% 41% 42% 40% 36% 30% 39% 29% 34% 42%
Sometimes 38% 38% 39% 38% 39% 40% 45% 40% 41% 41% 39%
Often 12% 13% 14% 14% 15% 16% 17% 14% 19% 17% 14%
Very often 5% 5% 6% 6% 7% 7% 8% 7% 10% 8% 6%
Talked about career plans with a faculty member or advisor Never 25% 26% 24% 25% 21% 19% 20% 20% 16% 18% 24%
Sometimes 48% 47% 47% 45% 47% 45% 47% 48% 42% 46% 47%
Often 19% 19% 20% 21% 22% 24% 22% 21% 27% 24% 20%
Very often 7% 8% 9% 9% 10% 12% 10% 11% 15% 12% 9%
Received prompt written or oral feedback from faculty on your academic performance Never 10% 8% 7% 8% 9% 6% 4% 7% 6% 6% 8%
Sometimes 42% 40% 37% 38% 38% 34% 33% 38% 31% 34% 39%
Often 37% 39% 40% 39% 38% 42% 45% 39% 41% 42% 39%
Very often 11% 13% 16% 15% 15% 18% 18% 16% 22% 18% 14%
Worked with faculty members on activities other than coursework (committees, orientation, student life activities, etc.) Never 63% 61% 59% 60% 57% 54% 47% 54% 46% 51% 59%
Sometimes 26% 26% 26% 26% 28% 28% 35% 29% 31% 31% 27%
Often 8% 10% 10% 10% 11% 12% 13% 12% 15% 13% 10%
Very often 3% 4% 4% 4% 4% 6% 5% 5% 8% 6% 4%
Work on a research project with a faculty member outside of course or program requirements Have not decided 38% 40% 39% 41% 40% 39% 42% 40% 37% 39% 40%
Do not plan to do 23% 24% 26% 26% 27% 26% 19% 28% 22% 23% 25%
Plan to do 33% 31% 29% 28% 28% 30% 35% 26% 34% 32% 30%
Done 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 6% 7% 6% 5%
Had serious conversations with students who are very different from you in terms of their religious beliefs, political opinions, or personal values Never 10% 12% 12% 13% 16% 13% 8% 15% 8% 9% 12%
Sometimes 33% 33% 34% 34% 35% 34% 32% 37% 29% 32% 34%
Often 31% 30% 29% 29% 27% 29% 30% 28% 30% 30% 29%
Very often 27% 26% 25% 24% 22% 24% 30% 21% 33% 28% 25%
Had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity than your own Never 14% 15% 15% 18% 20% 16% 14% 19% 11% 13% 16%
Sometimes 34% 34% 35% 34% 35% 34% 34% 37% 31% 33% 34%
Often 28% 27% 27% 26% 25% 27% 27% 24% 28% 28% 27%
Very often 24% 24% 23% 22% 20% 23% 25% 20% 31% 26% 23%
Institutional emphasis: Encouraging contact among students from different economic, social, and racial or ethnic backgrounds Very little 12% 14% 14% 14% 13% 12% 11% 15% 11% 11% 13%
Some 33% 34% 32% 32% 33% 31% 31% 33% 29% 31% 33%
Quite a bit 33% 32% 32% 33% 33% 32% 32% 32% 33% 33% 32%
Very much 22% 21% 22% 21% 22% 24% 26% 21% 27% 25% 22%
Hours per 7-day week spent participating in co-curricular activities (organizations, campus publications, student government, fraternity or sorority, intercollegiate or intramural sports, etc.) 0 31% 37% 42% 46% 44% 41% 25% 44% 28% 32% 39%
1-5 36% 32% 30% 29% 30% 31% 36% 28% 36% 34% 32%
6-10 17% 14% 13% 11% 11% 12% 17% 11% 17% 16% 13%
11-15 8% 7% 6% 6% 6% 7% 10% 7% 8% 8% 7%
16-20 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% 6% 4% 5% 5% 4%
21-25 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2%
26-30 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
More than 30 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 2% 2%
Used an electronic medium (listserv, chat group, Internet, instant messaging, etc.) to discuss or complete an assignment Never 13% 16% 16% 18% 19% 18% 17% 19% 13% 15% 16%
Sometimes 32% 31% 31% 31% 31% 30% 32% 30% 31% 31% 31%
Often 29% 28% 28% 27% 26% 26% 27% 26% 29% 28% 27%
Very often 26% 25% 25% 24% 25% 26% 24% 25% 27% 26% 25%
Practicum, internship, field experience, co-op experience, or clinical assignment Have not decided 12% 13% 13% 15% 16% 13% 12% 14% 9% 12% 14%
Do not plan to do 3% 4% 4% 5% 6% 5% 3% 6% 3% 3% 4%
Plan to do 78% 76% 75% 73% 71% 74% 76% 72% 78% 77% 75%
Done 7% 7% 7% 7% 8% 8% 8% 9% 10% 8% 7%
Community service or volunteer work Have not decided 13% 14% 16% 17% 16% 13% 12% 17% 10% 12% 15%
Do not plan to do 7% 8% 8% 8% 9% 8% 5% 9% 6% 6% 8%
Plan to do 41% 39% 40% 41% 37% 41% 39% 35% 35% 39% 40%
Done 40% 39% 37% 34% 38% 38% 45% 40% 50% 43% 38%
Participate in a learning community or some other formal program where groups of students take two or more classes together Have not decided 29% 33% 33% 34% 36% 37% 40% 38% 26% 31% 34%
Do not plan to do 32% 29% 26% 25% 24% 23% 26% 26% 26% 27% 27%
Plan to do 19% 21% 23% 24% 24% 25% 22% 23% 18% 21% 22%
Done 20% 18% 18% 16% 16% 14% 13% 13% 30% 21% 17%
Foreign (additional) language coursework Have not decided 17% 18% 19% 20% 21% 19% 13% 22% 14% 16% 19%
Do not plan to do 26% 26% 29% 29% 30% 27% 16% 28% 17% 22% 27%
Plan to do 31% 33% 32% 33% 31% 35% 32% 33% 35% 33% 32%
Done 26% 22% 21% 18% 18% 19% 39% 16% 34% 29% 22%
Study abroad Have not decided 28% 30% 30% 31% 31% 30% 24% 30% 25% 27% 30%
Do not plan to do 22% 28% 31% 30% 33% 28% 16% 34% 18% 22% 27%
Plan to do 47% 40% 36% 37% 33% 39% 57% 32% 55% 48% 41%
Done 2% 2% 2% 3% 4% 4% 3% 4% 3% 3% 3%
Independent study or self-designed major Have not decided 32% 33% 34% 35% 34% 33% 37% 34% 32% 33% 34%
Do not plan to do 53% 49% 48% 46% 43% 43% 40% 44% 50% 48% 47%
Plan to do 12% 14% 15% 16% 18% 19% 21% 18% 15% 15% 16%
Done 2% 3% 3% 4% 5% 4% 3% 4% 3% 3% 3%
Culminating senior experience (capstone course, senior project or thesis, comprehensive exam, etc.) Have not decided 44% 40% 39% 41% 39% 37% 32% 38% 39% 39% 40%
Do not plan to do 13% 11% 12% 12% 13% 12% 6% 12% 11% 11% 12%
Plan to do 41% 48% 48% 46% 46% 50% 60% 48% 49% 49% 47%
Done 1% 2% 1% 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 1% 2% 2%
Institutional emphasis: Providing the support you need to thrive socially Very little 16% 17% 17% 18% 17% 17% 13% 18% 11% 12% 17%
Some 39% 37% 38% 38% 37% 34% 37% 38% 30% 34% 38%
Quite a bit 33% 32% 32% 31% 32% 33% 35% 31% 37% 36% 32%
Very much 12% 14% 13% 13% 14% 16% 15% 13% 22% 18% 13%
Institutional emphasis: Providing the support you need to help you succeed academically Very little 3% 4% 3% 3% 3% 3% 2% 4% 2% 2% 3%
Some 24% 23% 22% 22% 20% 18% 15% 20% 13% 15% 22%
Quite a bit 46% 46% 45% 45% 46% 44% 43% 44% 42% 44% 45%
Very much 28% 27% 29% 29% 31% 35% 40% 32% 43% 39% 30%
Institutional emphasis: Helping you cope with your non-academic responsibilities (work, family, etc.) Very little 29% 28% 27% 27% 25% 23% 20% 26% 16% 19% 27%
Some 42% 40% 39% 38% 37% 38% 42% 38% 34% 39% 40%
Quite a bit 22% 22% 24% 24% 26% 27% 26% 24% 31% 28% 23%
Very much 7% 10% 10% 10% 12% 13% 11% 12% 19% 14% 10%
Quality: Your relationships with other students Unfriendly, Unsupportive, Sense of Alienation 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
2 2% 2% 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 3%
3 5% 5% 6% 5% 5% 4% 4% 5% 3% 4% 5%
4 12% 12% 12% 13% 11% 12% 10% 12% 9% 9% 12%
5 22% 21% 22% 21% 20% 18% 19% 20% 17% 19% 21%
6 31% 30% 28% 29% 30% 30% 32% 29% 30% 31% 30%
Friendly, Supportive, Sense of Belonging 27% 28% 28% 28% 30% 33% 33% 30% 38% 35% 28%
Quality: Your relationships with faculty members Unavailable, Unhelpful, Unsympathetic 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
2 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 1% 2% 3%
3 8% 7% 6% 6% 5% 5% 3% 6% 4% 4% 7%
4 22% 20% 18% 18% 15% 12% 12% 15% 12% 14% 18%
5 30% 28% 27% 28% 26% 23% 25% 24% 23% 26% 27%
6 24% 27% 27% 27% 29% 32% 34% 30% 31% 31% 27%
Available, Helpful, Sympathetic 11% 15% 18% 18% 21% 25% 24% 23% 28% 23% 17%
Quality: Your relationships with administrative personnel and offices Unhelpful, Inconsiderate, Rigid 3% 4% 4% 3% 4% 3% 2% 3% 2% 2% 3%
2 7% 7% 7% 7% 6% 5% 5% 6% 4% 4% 7%
3 13% 12% 12% 11% 10% 10% 9% 10% 8% 9% 12%
4 26% 24% 24% 24% 21% 19% 21% 21% 19% 21% 24%
5 24% 23% 23% 23% 23% 23% 25% 23% 24% 25% 23%
6 17% 18% 17% 18% 20% 22% 21% 21% 22% 22% 19%
Helpful, Considerate, Flexible 9% 12% 13% 13% 16% 18% 16% 17% 22% 17% 13%