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									NSSE Foundations:
An Introduction to the National
Survey of Student Engagement

            Regional Users‟ Workshop
               October 6-7, 2005
 NSSE: What is it?
 History of NSSE
 NSSE Today
 Timeline and Administration
 Deliverables
 Questions
       What is NSSE?
 An annual snapshot of student participation in programs
  and activities that institutions provide for their learning
  and personal development.
    The results will provide an estimate of how undergraduates
     spend their time and what they gain from attending college.
    National Survey of Student Engagement items represent
     empirically confirmed „good practices‟; they reflect
     behaviors associated with desired outcomes of college.
    The time and energy students devote to educationally
     purposeful activities is the single best predictor of their
     learning and personal development.
      History of NSSE
 1998 Pew Charitable Trust
   Better ways to look at schools than US News?
      Non-Student Measures of Success (i.e. endowment,
       admit rates, external opinions)
   Can we look at undergraduate quality?
      Asking students about their experiences

 Survey is conceptually based on the CSEQ,
  developed by Robert Pace (and still a survey in
  the NSSE family)
      History of NSSE
 Goals of the designers of the Survey Instrument
   Consist principally of items that are known to be related to
    important college outcomes.
   Be administered to students at both public and private four-year
    colleges and universities.
   Be administered to freshman- and senior-level students who have
    attended the institution for at least two terms.
   Be administered to adequate samples at participating institutions.
   Be flexible.
   Be administered by a credible third-party survey organization.
       History of NSSE
 1999: 2 Pilots (Fall and Spring) were conducted and
  meetings were held with education leaders,
  administrators, and faculty
 Early concerns by stakeholders
    a concern that the NSSE might create pressure to
     homogenize curricular practices,
    the need to clarify the NSSE‟s purpose and to develop
     safeguards against the misuse of survey results,
    the recognition that institutions might try to manipulate the
     results—especially if the survey is used in rankings or other
     "high-stakes" settings, and
    a concern that The College Student Report is really a
     "reputation/selectivity" measure in another guise.
Number of Schools   History of NSSE

                          1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
        NSSE Today
 The “NSSElings”
    The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (2003)
    The Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (2004)
 Additional Surveys
    The Law Student Survey of Student Engagement
    The College Student Experiences Questionnaire
    The College Student Expectations Questionnaire
    The High School Survey of Student Engagement*
    The Community College Survey of Student Engagement*

      *Not administered by the Center for Postsecondary Research
       NSSE Today
 Additional Research Projects
    Building Engagement and Attainment in Minority Students
    Documenting Effective Educational Practices (DEEP)
    Connecting the Dots, American Democracy Project,
     Flashlight Group, State Higher Ed Systems
    Chiropractic School Survey
 Additional Resources
    Accreditation Toolkits
    Regional Workshops
    Pocket Guides
      NSSE Today
 NSSE Around the World
   Canadian, French Canadian, Spanish Versions
   Administered in Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Italy
   In negotiations with more countries
 Administered to over 950 different institutions in
  all 50 states
 Institutional Demographics of participants mirror
  those of the Nation
       Core Surveys: NSSE
 Research based on
  effective educational
 Designed and tested for
  high validity and reliability
 Relatively stable over time
 High credibility of self-
  reported data
 Over 200,000 students at
  500 institutions annually
          Core Surveys: FSSE
 Designed to parallel NSSE
  undergraduate survey
      Faculty perceptions of student
      Importance faculty place on various
       areas of learning and development
      Nature and frequency of faculty-student
      How faculty members organize class

 Catalyst for productive
  discussions related to
  teaching and learning
 To date more than 34,000
  faculty members at 276
  four-year institutions
         Core Surveys: BCSSE
 In 2nd Pilot Stage (70
 Provides information for
  institutions about incoming
     HS engagement
     College expectations
     What they value from their
      new institutions
 Links to NSSE items
 Will have it‟s first full
  administration in 2006
 May-July                             October
    NSSE/FSSE Registration                NSSE/FSSE
    BCSSE Administration                      Population files / Materials
 August                                       Annual Reports Sent
    NSSE Institutional Report Sent        BCCSE Linked Population files
    BCSSE Combined Report Sent             due

 September                            November-December

    NSSE/FSSE Registration Closes         NSSE/FSSE Consortia,
                                            Oversample Decisions Due
    BCSSE Reports Sent
                                       January-April
        Population
        Institutional                     NSSE/FSSE Administration
        Student Advising                  BCSSE Registration
      NSSE Administration
 Administration Mode
    Paper: We need accurate
     addresses, letterhead,
    Web+: 4x the paper
     sample, we need emails
     and addresses
    Web: 5x the paper
     sample, we need emails
       NSSE Administration
 Sample Size
    Numbers are based on mode and school size
    Oversampling can increase sample size or ensure adequate
     representation of populations of interest
       NSSE Administration
 Special Groups                                  2005 Consortia
                                    American Democracy Project
    Consortia                      Associated New American Colleges
                                    AAUDE
       Schools like you            California State University
       Additional Questions        Canadian
                                    Catholic Colleges & Universities
    Selected Peers                 Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
                                    Council of Independent colleges
       Schools like you            Jesuit Universities
                                    Kentucky Council on Postsecondary
    Special Populations             Education
       Identified in Pop file      Private Liberal Arts Universities
                                    Urban Universities
    Special Analysis               Women's Colleges
                                    State Systems
       Post Hoc Analysis              North Dakota University System
                                       Texas A&M System
    Experimental Items                University of Hawaii System
       Web schools only               University System of Georgia
                                       University of Texas System
      NSSE Administration
 How often?
   Every Year: Gives you a snapshot of each class
   Every Three Years: Gives you a picture of a cohort at the
    beginning and the end of their college experiences
   Every Five Years: Works well with most accreditation cycles
    (Accreditation and Interim Reports)
   Other factors
      Establishing a baseline
      Costs (Using all core surveys)
      Additional Surveys/Sources of Data
      Time to take absorb results, make changes
     NSSE Administration
 Things that we need from you
   Population File
      All First-Year and Senior Students
      Accurate Addresses and/or emails

   Letterhead and Signature File (Paper Schools only)
   Primary Contact: To answer day to day questions
   Administration Plan (incentives, advertising) and
    broad buy-in
        NSSE Deliverables
 Institutional Report (August)                 NSSE Institute Information
    Institutional data                             Using NSSE Data
        Respondent characteristics                 Accreditation toolkit
         (Demographic Information)
        Item averages and response
         percentages (Means and
            First-year students and seniors
            Comparisons by consortium,
             Carnegie, and national

    Additional Data (If Applicable)
        Experimental items
        FSSE Report
        BCSSE Combined Report
     NSSE Deliverables
 Benchmark Report (October)
  1) Level of Academic Challenge

  2) Active and Collaborative Learning

  3) Student-Faculty Interaction

  4) Enriching Educational Experiences

  5) Supportive Campus Environment
       NSSE Deliverables
 You become part of the NSSE Family with your
    Consulting
    Help with making sense of Data
    Presentation Assistance
    Technical Questions
    Updates, Briefs, New information
    Special Conference Workshops (Meeting other users)
    Feedback for NSSE
    NSSE: Only one step
                      Step #1: Survey Data

                      • Survey Students
                      • Review Results
Step #4: Follow-up    • Develop Preliminary     Step #2: Feedback
                        List of Strengths and
• Use Results as        Opportunities for       • Share results with
  Benchmarks to         Improvement               Faculty,
  Monitor Progress                                Administrators &
• Faculty & Student                               Students
  Focus Groups                                  • Identify Themes &
                      Step #3: Action Plan        Priorities
                                                • Design Action Plan
                      • Finalize Plan
                      • Share Plan with
                        Appropriate Groups
                      • Link to Strategic
                      • Implement Action
 What more would you like to know?

 Thank you for attending.

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