Use this guide to locate items in your NSSE Institutional Report 2020 report package, and to help you interpret and use your results. The report package has three main sections--NSSE, FSSE, and BCSSE--each divided into subsections as detailed below. These folders mirror the folders and materials available for download via the secure Institution Interface. Colored icons provide additional guidance on where to get started and how to find what you are looking for.
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Institutional Reports (Excel & PDF)
Tools, Guides, and Resources
Data & Analysis
Interactive Data Tools
Access Your Reports
|NSSE 2020 Overview. Profile of participating institutions and respondents from the US and Canada, including response rates and related information.||Administration Summary. Overview of your NSSE administration, including response rates and customization choices.|
|Snapshot. Four-page summary of your institution’s key findings.||Respondent Profile. Frequencies for all demographic questions for your institution and three core survey comparison groups.|
|Engagement Indicators. Results on 10 Engagement Indicators (EIs) organized into four broad themes, including statistical comparisons with three comparison groups and item-level results.||Selected Comparison Groups. Details of how your institution’s three core survey comparison groups were selected, and the list of institutions in each group.|
|High-Impact Practices. Results on student participation in six High-Impact Practices (HIPs), so-called because of their positive associations with student learning and retention.||Pocket Guide Report. A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College: NSSE 2019 Answers from Students reports your institution’s results paired with questions from the pocket guide.|
|Multi-Year Report. For institutions that participated in at least two years of the updated survey—displays your Engagement Indicators, High-Impact Practices, and key individual items across years of participation since 2013.||Major Field Report. Results by categories of related majors. (Available for download in fall.)|
|Frequencies & Statistical Comparisons. Results for all survey items except demographics for your students and comparison groups.||Student Comments Report. Comments your students provided in response to NSSE's open-ended questions.|
|Additional Questions. Results for optional Topical Modules and/or consortium questions, a summary of how comparison groups for these were identified, and the list(s) of institutions represented in the comparisons.||NSSE Data. Student-identified responses in SPSS format.|
|Online Institutional Report. A user-friendly way to access an view your NSSE reports in a web browser.||NSSE Data and Report Resources. Access various tools, guides and resources for using your data.|
|Report Builder. An interactive web-based tool for creating reports tailored to student and institutional characteristics of your choosing.|
|FSSE 2020 Overview. Profile of participating institutions and respondents including response rates.||Administration Summary. Overview of your institution’s survey administration, including response rates and customization choices.|
|Snapshot. Two-page summary of your institution’s key findings.||Respondent Profile. Frequencies for all demographic questions for your FSSE respondents.|
|FSSE–NSSE Combined Report. Faculty and student results side by side, allowing faculty responses to help give context to student experiences. Results for all survey items except demographics, broken down by the class level of the students taught by faculty respondents.||Disciplinary Area Report. Results by categories of related disciplines. (Available for download in fall.)|
|Frequencies. Results for all survey items except demographics, broken down by the class level of the students taught by faculty respondents.||FSSE Data. Faculty responses in SPSS format.|
|Interactive Data Visualizations. Aggregate, interactive visualizations of FSSE results using Tableau,||FSSE Data and Report Resources. Access various tools, guides and resources for using your data.|
|BCSSE 2019 Overview. Profile of participating institutions and students for BCSSE 2019.||BCSSE Data. Student responses in SPSS format.|
|BCSSE –NSSE Combined Report. Uses cross-sectional and longitudinal data from BCSSE 2019 and NSSE 2020, providing the opportunity to better understand the first-year experience.||BCSSE Data and Report Resources. Access various tools, guides and resources for using your data.|
|Administration Summary. Presents your institution’s population and respondent counts along with characteristics of students who completed both BCSSE 2019 and NSSE 2020.|
Additional Tips for Navigating your Institutional Report
Accessing Your Data and Results
Three ways to access your NSSE Results
Download zip files with respondent data and institutional reports from the “Data & Reports” table.
- From the same table, access your Online Institutional Report, a user-friendly way to access and view your NSSE reports in a web browser
Interact with the Report Builder, an interactive web-based tool for creating reports tailored to student and institutional characteristics of your choosing.
New data and results can be overwhelming just as a semester starts. We suggest starting with our NSSE and FSSE Snapshot reports as a way to quickly view a summary of important findings about your institution.
NSSE, FSSE, and BCSSE Overviews can provide you context for your administration as well as your Administration Summary reports and Respondent Profiles.
Focusing on key goals and priorities for your institution can help you selectively choose where to focus in other reports and investigations with your data.
Resources for Using Your Data & Results
We provide a wide variety of guides, tools, and resources to help you make the most of data and results on our website. We've gathered together a list of resources specifically helpful for using your Institutional Report package.
And don't forget that NSSE, FSSE, and BCSSE staff are always available to assist you with questions about your administration. Contact us!