Computing Engagement Indicators, Updated NSSE (since 2013)
Engagement Indicators provide a useful summary of the detailed information contained in NSSE. By combining responses to related NSSE questions, each Engagement Indicator offers valuable information about a distinct aspect of student engagement. Ten indicators, based on three to eight survey questions each (a total of 47 survey questions), are organized into four themes as shown below.
- Higher-Order Learning (HO)
- Reflective and Integrative Learning (RI)
- Learning Strategies (LS)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Collaborative Learning (CL)
- Discussions with Diverse Others (DD)
- Student-Faculty Interaction (SF)
- Effective Teaching Practices (ET)
- Quality of Interactions (QI)
- Supportive Environment (SE)
The Engagement Indicators are not only intended to provide feedback on institutional performance relative to other institutions, but also serve as a heuristic tool to help assessment professionals discover actionable solutions for improvement. Using Engagement Indicator scores, analysts can examine engagement differences at the college, department, and program level, as well as by student subgroups, such as gender and academic major.
Although Engagement Indicator scores are already included in each institution's NSSE data file, an SPSS syntax file to compute them on your own is available below for download. Use the syntax to understand how the Engagement Indicator scores are calculated.