NSSE surveys and reports on all first-year and senior bachelor’s degree-seeking students, consistent with our belief that higher education assessment should include all students, not just those fitting the traditional age, full-time student profile. Although individual institutions decide who to include in their reports, applying these criteria across all participating institutions helps ensure the integrity of aggregate NSSE results for benchmarking and group comparison.
Administering NSSE involves active collaboration between NSSE staff and participating campuses for about a 12-month time span. NSSE participants are assigned a Project Services Team upon registration approval that provides assistance with every aspect of preparing and administering NSSE.
NSSE also provides a secure web portal - the Institution Interface - for uploading files and managing survey administration details from start to finish.
The timeline below approximates the general activities of the 12-month cycle.