NSSE delivers a variety of descriptive and statistical reports to participating institutions that compare their students’ responses with students from three customized comparison groups. The Institutional Report package was thoroughly redesigned to accompany the update to the NSSE questionnaire. On this page are links to the sample report, information about the selection of comparison groups, technical information, and a sampling of institutional results displayed on selected institution websites.
The Institutional Report package contains the redesigned NSSE results, as well as updated reports for FSSE and BCSSE participants. The report package also includes an Overview and supporting resources. NSSE’s participation agreements preclude us from publicly reporting institution-specific results, but we have created a sample report for review. Your institution’s actual reports are available to authorized persons via the password-protected Institution Interface.
Each year the NSSE Overview summarizes the characteristics of participating institutions and students, how representative they are among all institutions and students in the US, and average response rates. It also summarizes Canadian participation in a separate section.
Selection of Comparison Groups
NSSE reports display each institution’s results alongside those of three customizable comparison groups. Institutions complete a secure form on our Web site to identify relevant and appropriate peers from the available pool of NSSE participants. For more, see Customizing Your NSSE Institutional Report: Selecting Comparison Groups.
NSSE reports are designed so a general audience can read and understand them, but institutional researchers and others may want technical details about the various adjustments and computations made with the data.
Public Reporting of NSSE Results
NSSE encourages public reporting of engagement results in ways that increase understanding of college quality and that support institutional improvement efforts. NSSE is involved with a voluntary effort to release results as part of the Voluntary System of Accountability. Read NSSE's Public Reporting of Student Engagement Results for a fuller discussion of our position.
Institutional Website Examples
Many colleges and universities have posted NSSE results on their websites. These institutional websites go a step further by displaying NSSE results in institutionally modified, accessible formats designed for different audiences.