Major Field Report

Major Field Report: Examining Internal Variation in NSSE Results

The Major Field Report (MFR) is a Tableau-formatted interactive tool that delivers your results for Engagement Indicators, High-Impact Practices, Sense of Belonging, and individual items in up to ten categories of related majors, and presents them alongside a customizable comparison group in the same categories. Institutions use the tool to customize major groupings to examine patterns of similarity and difference by categories of related majors or, as appropriate, by school or college within an institution, both among their own students and against a comparison group of other participating institutions. Smaller institutions can use the tool to restrict comparison institution results to those majors represented among their own students.

This online tool presents a series of interactive dashboards that comes in two types, within-institution and between-institution, as shown in the samples below. 

The MFR is available in the fall via the NSSE Institution Interface.

Sample Major Field Report

Sample image of the Start page of the Major Field Report in Tableau.

View Sample Images of the Major Field Report

View images of selected pages of the Major Field Report in Tableau.

View the slide show

A sample image of the Collaborative Learning page of the Major Field Report Tableau dashboard showing all ten major groups side by side.

Within-Institution Comparisons

A "within-institution" report lays out results side-by-side for up to 10 customizable categories of majors.

A sample view of the Major Field Report Tableau dashboard featuring Collaborative Learning and Discussions with Diverse Others, showing results for the institution alongside the comparison group.

Comparisons to Other Institutions

A "between-institution" report compares your respondents with those of a customizable comparison group in each category of majors.

Evidence-Based Improvement in Higher Education

Center for Postsecondary Research
Indiana University School of Education
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Bloomington, IN 47405-1006
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