Campus Housing, Student Engagement and Persistence: A Multi-Institutional Study
Recruitment of participating institutions has been a success! Next up: Participating institutions prepare for the NSSE 2018 administration and complete the ACUHO–I Campus Housing Index.
We are happy to report that 75 NSSE 2018 institutions have been selected for a sponsored study of students' living arrangements and their engagement and retention. Participants receive a free sophomore oversample (NSSE's standard administration includes first-year students and seniors), waived registration fee, and retention report using enrollment records obtained from the National Student Clearinghouse.
NSSE researchers plan to examine the relationship between students' residential conditions, their engagement, and ultimately their persistence. To be eligible, institutions must participate in the 2018 NSSE administration and the 2017-2018 administration of the ACUHO-I Campus Housing Index (institution-level data collection on campus housing; usually completed by administrators in the campus housing office). The targeted student populations for the study are first-year, sophomore, and senior students attending a bachelor's-granting institution in the U.S. This study is funded by the Sponsored Research Grant program through the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) Research and Educational Foundation.
Participating institutions have their NSSE registration fee ($300) waived, receive a complimentary NSSE administration for their sophomore students, receive a customized report on sophomore engagement, and a customized report of engagement and retention outcomes. Participation will also help to identify best practices for housing and residence life.
Participating institutions must be located in the US, offer residential housing to students, and participate in NSSE 2018. Institutions must provide students' dates of birth in their NSSE population file (to allow for data matching with the National Student Clearinghouse).
To gain an improved understanding of students' living conditions, students will be asked an additional set of questions about their on- and off-campus living arrangements (similar to the Topical Modules). The additional item set can be viewed here.
NSSE Population File Uploads: October 11 to November 3
As you prepare your population file, along with the standard NSSE requirements, please include the following additional data:
- Dates of birth (MM/DD/YYYY) for all students, using the “Group5” variable
- Sophomore information (as defined by credit hour at your institution) to match the required first-year and senior information
Complete the ACUHO-I Campus Housing Index (CHI): October16 to December 1
Any institution with campus housing can complete the CHI at no cost—you need not be an ACUHO-I member. The survey invitation is mailed to your senior housing officer and typically completed by housing staff members. If your institution is not an ACUHO-I member, you must create a profile first. For more information about the CHI, go to acuho-i.org/CHI .
We have reached capacity for the study. If you would like to be considered if an opening becomes available, please email Bob Gonyea, the study's principal investigator, at email@example.com.
Questions about your NSSE administration?
Participating institutions – please continue to communicate with your assigned Project Services team to prepare for your NSSE administration. Because the teams work with hundreds of other institutions as well, it may be helpful on occasion to remind them you are in the housing study.
Questions about the housing study?
Please direct any study-specific questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may contact study researchers directly by email: