NSSE Sightings

Picture This: How NSSE Users Visualize Data

Picture This: How NSSE Users Visualize Data

Data visualization is all the rage, and NSSE users are no strangers to using these tools to interpret and display their results. Since 2010, the NSSE Institute has reviewed and posted a gallery of effective examples of NSSE dynamic data displays, including dashboards, heatmaps, and innovative interactive online displays. In a panel for the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum in Washington, D.C., four  NSSE […]

2017 STLHE Conference Presentation

2017 STLHE Conference Presentation

Interested in better understanding LGBTQ students at your institution? Join NSSE researchers Allison BrckaLorenz and Jana Clark as they share research on queer undergraduates’ engagement at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Annual Conference from June 20-23rd in Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA. Catch this session at 11:00a.m. on Wednesday, June 21st.  Read below for an overview of the presentation. More about the […]

When It Comes to Engagement, Student Safety Could Outweigh Living On Campus

When It Comes to Engagement, Student Safety Could Outweigh Living On Campus

Polly Graham, Sarah Hurtado, Bob Gonyea — Within the higher education community, there is a prevalent belief that living on campus is of benefit to students. Evidenced in policies, rhetoric, and resource distribution, many campuses operate with the assumption that living on campus increases the likelihood of student success. Most residential programs offer targeted programming, professional staffing, and increased access to a wide variety of […]

2017 Presentation at the NASPA Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being

2017 Presentation at the NASPA Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being

Preliminary results from a supplement to the NSSE 2017 covering financial knowledge and stress will be shared at the NASPA Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being, held this year in Washington, D.C., from June 15th to 17th. NSSE Researchers Kevin Fosnacht and Brendan Dugan will discuss highlights from the data during the first concurrent session slot, from 2:45 to 3:00p.m., on Thursday June 15th. More about […]

2017 ACUHO-I Presentations

2017 ACUHO-I Presentations

Insights from a joint study between ACUHO-I and NSSE  on how residence life professionals can make use of student engagement data will be shared at this year’s ACUHO-I annual conference in Providence, RI. Join Bob Gonyea, Sarah Hurtado, and Polly Graham on Sunday, June 18th as they discuss how professionals can integrate available NSSE data into their work (9:00a.m.), and the connection between living environment, […]

Information Literacy in an Era of Fake News

Information Literacy in an Era of Fake News

Kevin Fosnacht – Today undergraduates face a conundrum: They can access more information on their phone at a moment’s notice than previous generations could access at in a multi-story university library. Yet, the increasing inclusion of terms like “alternative facts” and “fake news” in the popular discourse highlights how much of the information digested by students is of questionable quality or misleading. This reality makes […]

2017 AIR Conference Presentations

2017 AIR Conference Presentations

Attending AIR May 30th – June 2nd this year in the capitol? Join NSSE analysts as they discuss changes to NSSE’s gender and sexual orientation items, techniques to improve survey quality and measures, and SPSS automation. Current session listings may be previewed here. Wednesday, May 31 Sarraf, S., & Cole, J. Improving Survey Data Quality through Experimentation. 10:15 a.m., Room: Dogwood, Session Code: 88994 BrckaLorenz, […]

Extreme Responses Differ Across Demographic Groups

Extreme Responses Differ Across Demographic Groups

Xiaolin Wang, Amy Ribera, Bob Gonyea — Messick (1989) defines validity as an “integrative evaluative judgment of the degree to which empirical evidence and theoretical rationales support the…appropriateness of interpretations and actions based on…scores or other modes of assessment” (p. 1487). One of the many methods to build a case for the validity of an instrument is by examining the stylistic tendencies of survey respondents, […]

Campus Sexual Assault Policies Not Reaching All Students

Campus Sexual Assault Policies Not Reaching All Students

Sarah Hurtado & Allison BrckaLorenz — Each year, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) appends a small number of experimental item sets focused on topical areas of interest. In 2016, one of these item sets concentrated on students’ perceptions of campus climate and awareness of crisis, anti-discrimination, and sexual assault policies. An initial study, which was presented at the 2017 ACPA conference, focused on […]

Redefining the “Successful” College Graduate: It’s More Than Just the Money

Redefining the “Successful” College Graduate: It’s More Than Just the Money

Angie Miller — At the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, NSSE may be the most well-known project. However, there are several other related projects that incorporate the “NSSE model” of institutional participation, reporting with comparison groups, and research that is conducted with the aggregate data set to inform institutional improvement and educational policy.  One of these projects is the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project […]