How Institutions Use NSSE
Faculty, staff and others can use NSSE results almost immediately to improve the quality of the undergraduate experience, and each year, more campuses use their NSSE data in innovative ways. The following resources include a variety of institutional uses and interventions based on engagement results:
The Lessons from the Field series serves as a repository of practical ideas for NSSE institutions to improve evidence-based assessment and improvement initiatives. The August 2015 released Volume 3, Using Data to Catalyze Change on Campus builds on insights from the earlier volumes illustrating the benefits of using NSSE results. Specifically, the 25 highlighted institutional examples predominately feature the use of NSSE's updated measures and redesigned reports introduced with the survey’s 14th administration in 2013. In addition, Using NSSE to Assess and Improve Undergraduate Education: Lessons from the Field - Volume 1 , and Moving from Data to Action: Lessons from the Field - Volume 2, represent the growing body of collective wisdom and emerging lessons about the use of student engagement results to improve educational quality. These accounts serve as instructive and inspirational examples for institutions seeking to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning.
Read a brief account of how four institutions used their updated NSSE results in Lessons from the Field: Transitioning to the Updated NSSE.
All institution examples highlighted in NSSE publications are in a searchable database. Search the more than 500 examples of NSSE use by keyword, institution name, Carnegie classification, and by topic such as accreditation, general education assessment, retention, or advising.
The collective experience of participating NSSE schools organized by a range of topics, including NSSE Use in Student Affairs, NSSE Use Among AASCU Institutions, and Assessing the First-Year Experience.
Many colleges and universities have posted NSSE results on their websites. The website examples presented here go a step further by displaying NSSE results in institutionally modified, accessible formats designed for different audiences.
View sample campus reports, including strategic plans featuring NSSE results, an assessment brief highlighting NSSE data, and an example of NSSE use in an alumni publication.