Kevin Fosnacht & Elijah Howe– Over the past half century, the emphasis of higher education has transitioned from the public good to private benefit. In 2014, over two-thirds of entering freshmen believed that increased earning power was the chief benefit of a college education (Eagan et al., 2015).Meanwhile, the percentage of freshmen who believed that keeping up with political affairs is essential or very important […]
FSSE researchers Allison BrckaLorenz (NSSE Research Analyst and FSSE Project Manager) and Bridget Yuhas (FSSE and NSSE Institute Project Associate), along with Rob Stupnisky (Associate Professor at the University of North Dakota), have been awarded the 2017 Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development for their study entitled Why Do We Teach? Examining Faculty Teaching Experiences and Motivation.
Join NSSE Associate Director Jillian Kinzie at Drexel University’s Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessment for a discussion on NSSE data use in assessment processes at over fifty colleges and universities. Read the abstract, below, and add this session to your conference schedule here. Thursday, September 14; 11:15-12:15 p.m. “Acting on Data: Lessons about the Use of Student Engagement Results to Improve Student Learning” The […]
For the first post in our series of interviews with Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) leaders, CPR graduate assistant Samantha Silberstein tracks down the origins of the NSSE Experiences with Writing Topical Module in her conversation with Bob Gonyea and Chuck Paine.
NSSE has been awarded the inaugural sponsored research grant from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) to support a three-year study evaluating how students’ living environments, on- and off-campus, influence their engagement and persistence. The study will combine data from NSSE, the nation’s largest survey of undergraduate experiences, the ACUHO-I Campus Housing Index, and the National Student Clearinghouse, to create a comprehensive […]
In a recent session at the Association of Institutional Research (AIR), research analyst Allison BrckaLorenz and project associate Jana Clark presented on the evolution of survey items about two aspects of students’ identities: sexual orientation and gender identity. After discussing the many complications that can arise in writing such questions (e.g., cultural differences, changing terminology), they discussed the idea of “best practices” for writing identity […]
Amy Ribera, Lydia Bell, and Bob Gonyea — Student-athletes interact with numbers on a daily basis as a way to track their athletic development, preparation for competition, and overall performance. Yet, does this real-life experience with quantitative information translate to the other parts of their academic life? Findings from the National Survey of Student Engagement suggest that it just might. In 2016, we collected survey […]
Recently, Allison BrckaLorenz, FSSE Project Manager and Research Analyst; Bridget Yuhas, FSSE Project Associate; and Sarah Hurtado, NSSE Institute Project Associate, presented a webinar on how FSSE demographic data can be used in campus-level research. It first discussed the importance of looking within user institutions to research faculty practices and examine faculty perceptions of the student experience. Next, it provided an overview of the FSSE […]
Allison BrckaLorenz and Jessica Harris – Very little is known about the engagement of students from mixed racial heritage (students whose parents are of two or more different races or ethnic backgrounds). Previous research indicates that mixed-race students experience their race differently than their monoracial peers and that race has a significant impact on college student experiences. Therefore, in a recently-published article in the Journal […]
Angie Miller — A recently published study used NSSE data to explore how first-year student participation in high-impact practices (HIPs) contributes to sense of belonging. Data from a subsample of students at 44 institutions suggested two distinct facets of sense of belonging: peer belonging and institutional acceptance. While analyses showed some gaps in belonging for traditionally disadvantaged populations, overall results indicated positive associations between sense […]