Lessons from the Field
The Lessons from the Field series is a repository of practical ideas for NSSE institutions to improve evidence-based assessment and improvement initiatives.
Volume 3 of Lessons from the Field, released in August 2015, 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.
Early lessons about using updated NSSE results indicate that redesigned reports, including the Snapshot, are easy to interpret and share, the new Engagement Indicators provide concise summary measures, and results offer institutions new insights into effective practice and opportunities for improvement. A brief summary highlighting how four institutions used updated NSSE results is described in Lessons from the Field: Transitioning to the Updated NSSE.
Moving from Data to Action: Lessons from the Field - Volume 2 (2011)highlights examples of how institutions are using NSSE data to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning. The stories illustrate the ways assessment can be a worthwhile undertaking when meaningful data are generated and discussed with a wide campus audience and when NSSE results inform efforts to improve educational effectiveness.
Volume 1, Using NSSE to Assess and Improve Undergraduate Education: Lessons from the Field (2009) captured 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.
Understanding how colleges and universities use results and achieve improvements in undergraduate education is important to advancing systemic improvement in higher education. The examples in these volumes encourage institutions to move from collecting data to taking action.
What is your Institution's NSSE Story
We are always looking for fresh institutional examples of NSSE, FSSE and BCSSE use. Please share your story about data use!