National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a widely used instrument which measures the degree of involvement or engagement of college undergraduates in a wide range of activities and experiences during their freshmen and senior college years. NSSE measures involvement in what are recognized as best practices in undergraduate education as there is evidence that the degree of engagement in such college activities and programs is one predictor of outcomes such as learning, personal development, and retention. Conducted during the Spring semester, is currently on a three-year cycle.

NSSE results are provided for individual questions as well as for five major dimensions: Level of Academic Challenge, Active and Collaborative Learning, Student-Faculty Interaction, Enriching Educational experiences, and Supportive Campus Environment. Results are reported for the school, as well as for a number of comparison groups, including other schools in the same region, schools in the same Carnegie Class, as well as with all participating institutions nationally. In this manner, areas of relatively high and low engagement can be identified, and results can be compared longitudinally to identify important trends.

There are two other companion surveys which can be used in conjunction with the NSSE and can help put results into perspective: The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) and the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE).