NSSE results provide information on how undergraduates at hundreds of colleges and universities spend their time and what they gain from attending college. Institutions use their data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience inside and outside the classroom that can be improved through changes in policies and practices more consistent with good practices in undergraduate education.
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The Chronicle of Higher Education (11/19/2015)
Details related to the degree of academic challenge students self-report are presented in NSSE's Annual Results 2015.
Inside Higher Ed (11/19/2015)
NSSE's Annual Results 2015 show that financial stress remains a significant worry for college students, despite a steadily improving economy.
NSSE Annual Results
Each fall NSSE releases a report that summarizes key findings from that year's survey administration.
The 2015 report, Engagement Insights: Survey Findings on the Quality of Undergraduate Education, finds that substantial shares of students were insufficiently challenged by their courses. Only 54% of first-year and 61% of senior students were highly challenged to do their best work. Older undergraduates, in particular those taking all of their courses online, were more likely to experience high levels of course challenge. Institutional selectivity was unrelated to the extent of course challenge for first-year students and had a modest negative relationship for seniors, suggesting that selectivity neither assures nor is a prerequisite for this important aspect of educational quality. These results bear on the importance of designing course assignments that prompt students to put forth their best effort.
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