2019 Annual Results

Engagement Insights: Survey Findings on the Quality of Undergraduate Education

Welcome to the 2019 edition of Engagement Insights, NSSE’s annual dissemination of selected research findings and institutional stories that have broad relevance to the improvement of undergraduate education.

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) documents dimensions of quality inundergraduate education and provides information and assistance to colleges, universities, and other organizations to improve student learning. Its primary activity is annually surveying college students to assess the extent to which they engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development.

Banner photo courtesy of Ashland University

Did You Know?

79%of students trust the leadership at their college or university.

82%of students trust people from another religion.

1 in 4students have confidence in social media companies to do the right thing.

Happy 20th, NSSE! Foundational Research and Emerging Ideas for NSSE’s Third Decade

As NSSE celebrates 20 years in the field, we look back at some of our key findings and lessons about institutional assessment and look forward to new approaches in the coming decade.

Coming March 2021

The NSSE survey focuses on the processes that produce the outcomes. That means each campus can really do something with the information it gets.”


The 2020 Administration—Responding in a Pandemic

We are thrilled to commemorate twenty years of NSSE! Since its first national administration in 2000, a large and diverse group of bachelor’s degree-granting institutions—from research universities to baccalaureate colleges—have adopted NSSE as an important component of their assessment programs. NSSE has helped focus the national discourse about college quality on teaching and learning and has provided colleges and universities diagnostic, actionable data to inform the improvement of undergraduate education.

Here are just a few of the noteworthy accomplishments in NSSE’s history:
• Over 5 million students surveyed
• More than 600 accounts of data-informed institutional action
• 1,654 institutions, with the majorityparticipating on a regular basis
• More than 304,000 faculty from over 870 colleges and universities have participated in FSSE

To plan for NSSE’s third decade, we are launching a series of listening sessions and activities to gather input from NSSE institutional contacts, administrative leaders, assessment and institutional research professionals, faculty and staff, and higher education scholars regarding current needs and concerns about undergraduate education and student success. What aspects of student learning
and success deserve further study? What is on the assessment horizon? What data needs do you anticipate? How do you expect to involve students in assessment?

We hope to interact with NSSE users at upcoming professional meetings and welcome your input. Visit our dedicated webpage “Celebrating NSSE’s 20th” to suggest ideas and comment on new developments for NSSE.

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