Item Campuswide Mapping

NSSE Items Mapped to Institution Departments, Units, Committees, Functional Areas, and Interest Groups

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A Tool for Connecting NSSE Items to Departments, Units, Committees, Functional Areas, & Interest Groups

Drive campuswide interest in NSSE results!

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Tightening connections between NSSE results and the interests of campus departments and units is a proven strategy for broadening and strengthening investment in student engagement and increasing data use. Specific NSSE reports and results are likely to have particular relevance for different campus departments, units, and committees.

To stimulate thinking and discussion about the meaning of NSSE results for particular departments, units, and committees, we mapped NSSE Engagement Indicators, High-Impact Practices, individual survey items, and Topical Modules to a campuswide range of different interest groups.

Which Campus Departments, Units, Offices and Committees Map to NSSE Items?

This mapping is not intended as a strict formula for relating results but, rather, as encouragement to think more broadly about where evidence might be useful. Our mapping employed common department and program categories and designations, which users should review to determine what matches the context of their institution’s organization and committee structure. We included the following:

  • Academic advising, academic success center, academic support services, learning support, tutoring
  • Academic affairs, academic departments, department chairs
  • Activities advisors, student activities/involvement, student affairs
  • Administrative offices, president’s office, provost’s
  • Admissions, enrollment management, financial aid, registration/registrar’s office
  • Alumni affairs
  • Area studies, international office/student services, study abroad programs/office
  • Art museum, fine & performing arts, performing arts center
  • Athletics, campus climate committee, commuter services, Greek life, health services/center, parking services, recreational & fitness center, residence life
  • Career planning & services
  • Center for teaching & learning, instructional technology, scholarship of teaching & learning (SoTL)
  • Civic engagement, community service, service-learning office, social justice studies, town & gown committee
  • Counseling/counseling services
  • Cultural centers (African American, women’s, etc.), disability services, diversity office, equity committee, LGBTQ+ office, multicultural committee, veterans services
  • Curriculum committee
  • Dean of faculty, faculty development, faculty senate, promotion & tenure committee
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion offices
  • First-year experience
  • General education, information or quantitative literacy committee
  • Graduate studies
  • Integrative learning, interdisciplinary studies
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  • LGBTQ+ student support services
  • Library
  • Political/social science studies
  • Quantitative literacy/reasoning
  • Retention committee/task force
  • Study abroad programs/offices
  • Tutoring
  • Undergraduate research
  • Writing centers & programs