Lessons from the Field is a growing repository of practical ideas for NSSE institutions' evidence-based assessment and improvement initiatives. Read more than 120 institution data use stories in volumes 1-4 via the links below, and the most recent institution examples in Lessons from the Field Dispatch #1.
Lessons from the Field
Lessons from the Field—Volume 4: Digging Deeper to Focus and Extend Data Use
"NSSE asks things that matter and we’ve found the results to be sufficiently interesting and relevant to engage student affairs professionals and faculty quite easily in making meaning of the results." --Laura Coghlan, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, The Evergreen State College
Lessons from the Field—Volume 3: Using Data to Catalyze Change on Campus
"We’ve tried for years to get this data used and we seem to have broken through this year. Perhaps it’s just the breaking point, but I think the new survey has questions that better engage the campus" --Nancy Grear, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment (retired), Nazareth College
Lessons from the Field—Volume 2: Moving from Data to Action
"BCSSE and NSSE results have helped guide our thinking and planning over the past two years as the campus engaged in a broad-based strategic planning process." --Marianne D. Kennedy, Associate Vice President, Academic Programs, Assessment and Planning Southern Connecticut State University
Lessons from the Field—Volume 1: Using NSSE to Assess and Improve Undergraduate Education
"This volume captures the emerging lessons from the field, providing instructive accounts and inspirational examples of how colleges and universities are using NSSE results to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning." --Peter T. Ewell, Vice President National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
How Association Member Institutions Use NSSE Results
Read data use stories from member institutions of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).
What’s your NSSE Story?
We are always looking for fresh examples of institutional uses of NSSE to communicate results, promote evidence-based improvement, expand effective educational practices, integrate student support into the classroom, or develop and implement improvement initiatives for accreditation.