Data Analysis Resources
NSSE delivers data files to participating institutions which not only include item-by-item responses for all students completing the questionnaire, but also student identifiers and school records provided by the institution. Many researchers and practitioners are eager to analyze their institution's data and dig deeper into the results provided in the standard NSSE reports.
Below, we link to pages which provide SPSS syntax files and other resources to help analysts work with their NSSE data. A variety of data recodes and analyses are common, such as collapsing response options to frequently ("very often" or "often"), computing engagement indicators, benchmarks, and other scale scores. Syntax and resources are provided separately for the updated version of NSSE (since 2013) and the original version of NSSE (2000-2012).
Common Data Recodes
Common variable recodes and syntax such as collapsing response options, recoding and creating new variables, and working with NSSE and the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP).
Syntax files showing how Engagement Indicators are computed.
Syntax files showing how Benchmarks are computed, including technical notes.
Creating Other Scales
In addition to the Engagement Indicators and Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice, NSSE items can also be grouped in to a selection of other formats for supplemental analyses.
Codebooks detail all questions, response options, and coding information represented in your survey data. They are available for all years of NSSE data, including U.S. and Canadian versions, consortium questions, and topical modules.
- For item and variable changes to the updated survey and topical modules since 2015, see: Changes to NSSE and Topical Module Items Since 2013.
- For details of how the items on the original survey (i.e., prior to 2013) were updated, see: Item by Item Comparisons of the Original and Updated NSSE.
- To see how the original survey changed over time from 2000 to 2012, see: NSSE 2000—2012 Variable Tracking Sheet.
General information about VSA, including a link to SPSS syntax to simplify recoding your NSSE data for the College Portrait template