NSSE Sightings

BIG 10 Academic Alliance

BIG 10 Academic Alliance

CPR Director Thomas Nelson Laird will be presenting on critical leadership challenges facing universities at the 2018 Big 10 Academic Alliance’s Academic Leadership Program at the University of Minnesota on Friday, October 12th, at 10:45a.m.

The Benefits of Living On Campus

The Benefits of Living On Campus

Polly Graham, Sarah Hurtado, Bob Gonyea – Living in residence halls have a positive impact on some aspects of engagement – namely, collaborative learning, interactional diversity, and student-faculty interaction – especially when compared with students who live farther than walking distance to campus. However, living on campus did not always show benefits where effects might be expected. Our article entitled The Benefits of Living On […]

AERA Faculty Diversity Inclusivity – an Update

AERA Faculty Diversity Inclusivity – an Update

Bridget Yuhas & Sarah Hurtado–The benefits of including diversity in the curriculum have been noted by researchers for quite some time, such as increased critical thinking and decreased racial prejudice. However, if we focus only on designated “diversity” courses in general education curriculum, we likely miss out on other ways to offer students these learning opportunities. Tom Nelson Laird set out to better understand the […]

Climate, Academic, and Health Outcomes for Queer- and Trans-Spectrum Students

Climate, Academic, and Health Outcomes for Queer- and Trans-Spectrum Students

AllisonBrckaLorenz–Queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students remain a significantly underserved population within higher education; despite the presence of significant disparities across measure of campus climate, academic, and health outcomes. In the context of institutional research, survey instruments measuring student experience have historically omitted demographic variables measuring sexual orientation and gender identity. In an increasingly data-driven culture, these omissions have rendered queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students invisible to university […]

NSSE at SHEEO Higher Education Policy Conference

NSSE at SHEEO Higher Education Policy Conference

On August 8th Jillian Kinzie, Alexander McCormick and National Advisory Board member John Hayek presented at the SHEEO Higher Education Policy Conference. The title of the session was “Using Evidence to Promote Effective Educational Practice and the Success of all Students.” The topic of the session was inspired by creating tools to assure genuine success for all, which involves more than degree completion. We must […]

Exploring Creative Coursework with the Senior Transitions Topical Module

Exploring Creative Coursework with the Senior Transitions Topical Module

Angie Miller–In a recent special issue on creativity and education, Global Education Review included an article authored by NSSE Research Scientist Angie Miller that took a closer look at how seniors might experience creative coursework practices Previous research in both K-12 and higher education settings suggests that creativity training can be effective in academic situations and that educators in particular can have an impact on […]

Tips for making sure everyone counts in your counts

Tips for making sure everyone counts in your counts

Sarah Hurtado, Kyle Fassett, & Allison BrckaLorenz— Inevitably, if you work with survey data, you have noticed some very small subgroups in your data. These small subpopulations might exist for a number of reasons at your institution, but many times they are historically marginalized groups, such as students of color or LGBTQ students. The way we analyze and interpret the results of small populations is […]

CPR at AIR

CPR at AIR

Kyle Fassett – The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) recently hosted its annual Forum in Orlando, FL, where the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) and its associated projects were represented. Attendees were able to go to sessions and inquire about NSSE, FSSE, and BCSSE at the exhibit hall. Featured in this blog post are questions and comments that arose from our conversations. National Survey of […]

Why do we teach?

Why do we teach?

Allison BrckaLorenz Understanding motivations for teaching can provide a powerful window into what encourages faculty to do the work of instruction. One approach to doing so is by using self-determination theory, a widely-studied framework for human motivation. Conceptually, self-determination theory describes several basic needs that can lead faculty to become optimally motivated to teach: autonomy, competency, and relatedness. A recent study examined the relationship between […]

Making Connections across Research: NSSE and FSSE at AERA

Making Connections across Research: NSSE and FSSE at AERA

Samantha Silberstein– This past April, I attended my first American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference and presented in a roundtable discussion with Allison BrckaLorenz, FSSE Project Manager. The roundtable, themed Student and Faculty Perspectives on Inclusive Curriculum and Teaching, included four papers. Our paper, Student and Faculty Perspectives on the Emphasis of Inclusive and Culturally Engaging Coursework, utilized the Inclusiveness and Engagement with Cultural Diversity […]