Regional NSSE Users Workshop

University of Nevada - Reno
October 16-17, 2007

UNV Reno Thumb Over 60 people attended the Regional NSSE Users Workshop held at the University of Nevada, Reno, on Oct. 16-17, 2007. Highlights of the workshop included a standing room only audience for the luncheon plenary, "NSSE: Retrospective and Prospective," given by Dr. George Kuh, Chancellor's Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement. At the end of the afternoon sessions, participants were offered a sneak peak of UNR's new 167,000 square foot Joe Crowley Student Union, a state-of-the-art "green" building that will serve as the new hub of student life at Nevada, due to open in November 2007. On the second day of the workshop, Dr. Robert Smallwood, Assistant to the Provost for Assessment at the University of Alabama, delivered the breakfast plenary on using CLASSE to look at assessment of student engagement at the classroom level. He was joined by Dr. Judith Ouimet, Assessment Coordinator at UNR and Todd Chamberlain, Assistant Director of Survey Operations at NSSE, for an informal question and answer session following his talk.

The foundations sessions on using NSSE data for new and veteran users kicked off the workshop schedule. Presentations over the two days focused on: 1) having a successful NSSE administration, 2) using NSSE data to prepare for an accreditation visit, 3) using cognitive interviewing and focus group techniques to contextualize NSSE data to an institution, 4) using NSSE and FSSE data in combination, 5) using CLASSE, an in-class version of NSSE to look at student engagement, 6) tips and strategies for analyses of multiple years of NSSE data, and 7) using DEEP principles and the Inventory of Student Engagement and Success (ISES), a framework for institutional self-study. Presentations are now posted and available for download.

Click here to view a list of presentations from the Reno conference.