Accreditation’s dual purpose - upholding standards for educational quality and expectations for continuous improvement in colleges and university - aligns with NSSE goals. As such, many NSSE participating institutions indicate that accrediting agencies are the primary external audience with whom they share their NSSE results. Student engagement results are vital measures of educational quality and can be a stimulus for and evidence of institutional improvement initiatives.
NSSE News & Research
NSSE is pleased to release the final of three data-informed stories and, as a result, the completed 2022 Engagement Insights—Survey Findings on the Quality of Undergraduate Education, an annual series detailing important and timely NSSE findings.
Good academic advising is central to student success. Yet, students’ advising experiences can be uneven and advising tends to be one of the more under-supported campus services. This may be why only about half of students responding to NSSE describe the quality of the advising they receive as very good or excellent. This webinar offers an opportunity to consider the most recent results about first-year students’ academic advising experience from NSSE 2022 and the Academic Advising Topical Module. We will highlight salient results across three institutional types – doctoral, masters and liberal arts – and discuss the dimensions of advising practice that deserve attention as institutions across the country invest in improving academic advising to provide holistic support.
Put simply, effect coding allows researchers to compare groups of data to the average (mean) of the sample, as opposed to another group of data (Mayhew & Simonoff, 2015). This contrasts with indicator (dummy) coding, which uses a single group as a reference group. This is particularly useful when comparing groups of participants, separated by identity.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is pleased to release the second of three data-informed stories in Engagement Insights—Survey Findings on the Quality of Undergraduate Education, an annual series detailing important and timely NSSE findings.
We are pleased to announce that the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) 2023 survey launches March 14. During this administration, 83 institutions will participate. Since 2003, more than 350,000 instructional staff from more than 900 institutions have responded to FSSE.
This study used NSSE data to explore achievement goal orientation as a predictor of participation in high-impact practices for first-year and senior students, using binary logistic regression models that also controlled for other student identities and experiences.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is pleased to release the first of three data-informed stories in Engagement Insights—Survey Findings on the Quality of Undergraduate Education, an annual series detailing important and timely NSSE findings.
NSSE is pleased to announce that the 2023 survey administration will launch on February 22. Participating institutions have reached a three-year high, at 543, the most since 2020, and more than 2 million students will be invited to participate. In 2022, 469 institutions participated and 252,336 of the 1.1 million invited students completed the survey.
NSSE recently updated its popular Report Builder tool with data from the 2022 administration. The Report Builder currently includes data going back to 2009, including data from all U.S. and Canadian participating institutions.
As institutions gear up for their NSSE administration, schools are exploring a variety of ways to increase student participation in the survey. While many schools are tailoring their recruitment messages, deploying incentives, or using their Learning Management Systems (LMS) for more customized invitations, which have been found to be effective in boosting survey response, an additional recruitment strategy schools can pursue that is not cost-restrictive is to involve faculty and staff on their campuses.
NSSE Project Services answers Frequently Asked Questions regarding promoting and customizing the NSSE survey experience.
At this point in the NSSE participation process, you’ve likely registered for the 2023 administration. That is a significant step toward hearing from your students regarding engagement on your institution’s campus, but it doesn’t end there!
Over the last decade, a concerted effort has been made to transition, support, and graduate student veterans through national and campus policies and improvements. However, few studies have examined student veteran engagement, belonging, and campus integration at a national scale.
NSSE staff focused heavily on reviewing the core questionnaire for the 2023 administration, with a critical eye toward inclusion and equity. In consultation with internal and external experts, we implemented a series of edits, both large and small, to help ensure that students see themselves reflected in response options and make the survey more relevant for today’s undergraduates
The Journal of Education and Work recently published an article exploring how exposure to creative coursework, as well as confidence in creative thinking, were able to predict students plans for self-employment and starting a business.
Russell “Russ” Edgerton, a foundational contributor to the philosophy that comprises modern undergraduate student engagement and success, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, at the age of 84. He was, as the Director of Education for the Pew Charitable Trusts in 1997, the mind behind the original idea for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).
During the 2023 administration, NSSE will offer early access to survey data for the second consecutive year.
NSSE constantly searches for ways to meet institutional needs for new assessment data as well as to improve data quality.
Colleges and universities are invited to participate in the 2023 administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Several researchers have found that student participation in undergraduate research is positively related to student learning outcomes, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and intercultural effectiveness. The study aims to examine what factors influence student participation in undergraduate research in three STEM fields.
This study used NSSE data to investigate achievement goal orientation in honors and general education undergraduate students, exploring the factor structure of a commonly used assessment and looking at ability level differences using two types of statistical analyses.
Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Astin, a giant in higher education research and a dedicated mentor to students and colleagues, passed away May 18, 2022.
We’re excited to see NSSE users, friends and colleagues at the upcoming AIR Forum conference in Phoenix, June 6-9, 2022. Search the AIR Forum 2022 Schedule Builder and add the following sessions to your Personal Calendar.
NSSE participating institutions are encouraged to consider sending a team to The Evergreen State University, July 11-14, 2022, for the 23rd Annual Summer Institute for Improving Undergraduate Education.
NSSE’s postdoctoral scholar Christen Priddie and colleague Rachel Renbarger hosted a symposium at ASHE 2021
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
In the most comprehensive study of student housing experience in decades, students who participated in a residential college experience were more likely to persist year-over-year than those who did not. “The Case for Campus Housing” was sponsored by the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) and is the result of a multi-year NSSE study.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a trusted and widely used instrument for assessing the quality of undergraduate education—providing institutions diagnostic, actionable information that fosters and catalyzes evidence-based improvement efforts. Register now for NSSE 2022!
NSSE staff will present and be available in the virtual exhibit hall at the AIR Forum, May 25-28, 2021. We look forward to talking with NSSE users and friends about plans for NSSE and FSSE 2022 and report customization for institutions participating in NSSE 2021. #AIRForum
NSSE Annual Results 2020 releases the fifth and final data-informed story in Engagement Insights—Survey Findings on the Quality of Undergraduate Education, reflecting on NSSE’s beginnings and future directions.
See how four colleges and universities – Marian University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, University of Rhode Island, and Indiana University Northwest – effectively use student comments, create readable reports, use data to understand a unique student population, and implement a “sandbox” for faculty and staff to learn more about NSSE and student assessment.
NSSE is pleased to release the fourth of five data-informed stories in Engagement Insights—Survey Findings on the Quality of Undergraduate Education, an annual series detailing important and timely NSSE findings. The Trust Gap Among College Students examines a special data collection on notions of trust—a fundamental factor that permeates student life and decision-making.
FSSE grant to highlight challenges and successes of Black women in higher education
The third installment in Annual Results 2020 examines rates of participation in six HIPs—and includes an exploration of the quality of HIPs, results from the faculty survey, and examples from colleges and universities demonstrating their continued assessment and improvement of HIPs.
See FSSE staff talk about faculty importance and participation in high-impact practices at the AAC&U Annual Meeting