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EXAMPLES OF HOW CONSORTIA HAVE PUT NSSE DATA TO USE

Catholic College Consortium

The Catholic Colleges Consortium questions focus on assessing mission effectiveness. Results provide participating institutions evidence of mission fulfillment for accreditation and the extent to which institutional goals align with mission. The consortium produces a custom report titled, Mission Perception Inventory (MPI) to compare the mean performance on the overall MPI items and subscales with consortium schools. The University of Saint Mary uses its consortium results to assess the distinctiveness of their campus ministry program and to promote campus conversations about outcomes of their first-year experience course and the campus ministry program.


University of St. Thomas (TX), member of the 2012 Catholic Colleges & Universities consortium

Sustainability Education Consortium

Since its formation in 2011, more than 40 institutions have participated in the Sustainability Education Consortium. The consortium added 20 questions to assess engagement in sustainability education across the curriculum to develop a user-friendly assessment system for sustainability education. With these results, institutions could (a) acquire a cross-institution data set on students’ engagement with aspects of sustainability, (b) assess institutional strengths and weaknesses with respect to sustainability education compared to peers, and (c) provide one source of assessment data for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) education initiative.