NSSE delivers to participating institutions a variety of descriptive and statistical results that show their students' survey responses alongside those of students from three customized comparison groups. NSSE's Institutional Report was thoroughly redesigned to accompany the update to the NSSE survey and its companion surveys, FSSE and BCSSE. Use the links below to view the sample Institutional Report; to learn about key components of the report, comparison group selection, technical details, and public reporting; and to see examples of results displays on institution websites.
The Institutional Report contains each participating institution's NSSE results and, for participants in the companion surveys, their FSSE and BCSSE results. The report also includes an overview and numerous supporting resources to assist institutions in using and sharing the results. An online version of each institution's Institutional Report is available to authorized persons via the password-protected Institution Interface. While NSSE's participation agreements preclude our publicly reporting of institution-specific results, we have prepared for public review a sample Institutional Report that features actual data for a fictional institution.
The Snapshot, a four-page summary of the institution's key findings, provides the best framework for getting oriented to the Institutional Report and interpreting the results. It also is a useful tool in disseminating the institution's results.
The NSSE Overview summarizes the characteristics of the participating institutions and students, the extent to which they represent all institutions and students in the US, and average response rates. The overview also separately summarizes Canadian participation.
Selection of Comparison Groups
The NSSE Institutional Report displays each institution's results alongside those of three comparison groups. Institutions customize their reports on a secure form at our website by identifying relevant and appropriate peers from the available pool of NSSE participants. For more information, see Customizing Your NSSE Institutional Report: Selecting Comparison Groups or view NSSE's webinar, Tips on Maximizing the Value of Your NSSE Institutional Report.
The NSSE Institutional Report designed for a general audience to read and understand, but institutional researchers and others may also want to know technical details about the various measures, adjustments, and computations.
Public Reporting of NSSE Results
NSSE encourages public reporting of engagement results in ways that increase understanding of college quality and support institutional improvement efforts. For example, institutions can use NSSE results in reporting through 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. Some institutional websites go further by tailoring their results displays to different audiences in adapted, accessible formats.