NSSE’s postdoctoral scholar Christen Priddie and colleague Rachel Renbarger hosted a symposium at ASHE 2021
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NSSE’s third release, Using NSSE Results in Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive (DEI) Assessment Practices, provides insights about how colleges and universities can use their NSSE results to intentionally consider DEI-related issues in their assessment practices and initiatives. Each section of the story conveys how institutional stakeholders can explore and use their results through equity-centered methodologies and components of the survey (using student comments and our new, disaggregated disability item).
NSSE released the second Annual Results 2021 release, Flexible and Adaptable: Teaching and Learning in A Year of Disruption. This release discusses teaching and learning during the pandemic and the flexibility it demanded among faculty and students. Instructional practices and student engagement adapted to suit changing campus conditions, for which institutions provided varying levels of support.
NSSE released the first Annual Results 2021 release, The Pandemic and Student Engagement: Trends, Disparities, and Opportunities. It looks at how COVID-19 brought about stark changes to student engagement for the 2020-21 academic year, including unprecedented numbers of students taking courses in online and hybrid formats. Data from the “Coping with COVID” module, focusing on pandemic-related disparities in mental wellness, academic opportunities, and other life concerns across course types, and by age and gender are discussed, along with how engagement in 2021 differed from before the pandemic.
The NSSE Honors Education Consortium began as a partnership with the National Collegiate Honors Council. Consortium items address motivation, academic exploration and risk-taking, tolerance of ambiguity, curiosity, personal and career goals, and physical and mental well-being, with the intention of making comparisons between honors and non-honors students at participating institutions.
NSSE results from the new Career & Workforce Preparation Topical Module are featured in the Strada Foundation report, Understanding Undergraduates’ Career Preparation Experiences. The Strada Foundation is partnering with NSSE to support module development and new lines of research on work and career preparation. We’re grateful to the more than 90 institutions that chose this module and hope this report, the webinar recording, and our blog, Graduating During a Pandemic: Seniors’ Views About Their Career & Workforce Preparation, help advance institutional assessment activities.
With the nearing retirement of Dr. Alex McCormick, NSSE announces that Drs. Cindy Ann Kilgo and Jillian Kinzie will serve as Interim Co-Directors. Alex will remain as Director till his retirement date in early February. The School of Education is committed to doing a search for a tenure-track NSSE Director in the coming year.
New Students are Mentally Exhausted but Eager for College: BCSSE Results 2021 & Webinar