NSSE Sightings

NSSE’s New Content: Effective Teaching, Covid, Online Learning, and Work Preparation

NSSE’s New Content: Effective Teaching, Covid, Online Learning, and Work Preparation

Shimon Sarraf–Given the COVID-19 pandemic’s substantial impact on higher education, the content of NSSE 2021 will differ from previous years in several ways. Our aim is to ensure that institutions have a robust set of assessment tools to help them during this unique time. We are changing a number of items on the core survey instrument and adding to our Topical Module offerings. To make […]

Response Rates of FSSE Between 2019 and 2020

Response Rates of FSSE Between 2019 and 2020

Kyle Fassett –Given the almost universal impact of COVID-19 on higher education institutions, we decided to descriptively see how response rates differed between last year (2019) and this year (2020) for the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE). FSSE captures information from instructional staff at four-year colleges and universities about their experiences teaching, interacting with students, and filling many other roles. Faculty from 120 institutions […]

Data on Display: NSSE, FSSE, and BCSSE in Graduate Student Coursework

Data on Display: NSSE, FSSE, and BCSSE in Graduate Student Coursework

Josclynn Brandon—Doctoral students are often tasked with conducting research in and outside of their required coursework. When reviewing assignment details, a phrase that some students find daunting is, “provide your own data.” I was one of those students. Where can you get data? How do you know it’s reliable? Then a classmate of mine told me about the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) and how […]

Is Time on Your Side? A Look at Time Use Patterns for Honors Students

Is Time on Your Side? A Look at Time Use Patterns for Honors Students

Adapted from a paper presented at the World Gifted Conference, 2019. Angie Miller-How do honors college students spend their time compared to other students? Previous research suggests that honors college students are more engaged in certain ways: more frequently interacting with faculty, reflecting on their  learning, learning collaboratively, and reporting higher quality of interactions (Miller & Dumford, 2018). Most honors programs include more academically rigorous […]

Creating Excel Reports with R: NSSE Student Comments Report

Creating Excel Reports with R: NSSE Student Comments Report

This post was adapted from a poster presentation for AIR 2020. Brendan J. Dugan-In 2019, NSSE staff upgraded the Student Comments Report to include a bar chart like the one below, to illustrate satisfaction among students who did and did not leave a comment at the end of the survey. We also changed how we craft the report, processing and populating all the data elements […]

Assessment Data Asterisk: What Can NSSE Campuses Learn from Spring 2020 Results?

Assessment Data Asterisk: What Can NSSE Campuses Learn from Spring 2020 Results?

By Jillian Kinzie, NSSE Institute The Spring 2020 disruption caused by the coronavirus affected every aspect of undergraduate education, including our best laid assessment plans. Rapidly changed circumstances prompted the addition of an asterisk to information associated with the spring term, including semester grade records, end of course evaluations, licensure exam scores, and assessment data, among others. Adding lengthy, descriptive footnotes to reports and files […]

Save the Data: Crisis and Survey Management

Save the Data: Crisis and Survey Management

Kyle Fassett – At the Association for Institution Research (AIR) annual forum in Denver, CO, my colleague, Allison BrckaLorenz, and I led a discussion on managing data during crises. Institutional researchers are often responsible for sound data collection and tracking enrollment patterns thus it is crucial to consider how crises may hinder or improve projections. The session was rooted in a study that examined institutions […]

The Role of Faculty in Seniors’ Sense of Belonging

The Role of Faculty in Seniors’ Sense of Belonging

Angie Miller—In an article published in Higher Education Research & Development, we used NSSE data to explore how senior students’ faculty-related engagement influences their sense of belonging, particularly when it comes to feeling accepted and valued by professors, administrators, and staff. Authored by NSSE Research Scientist Angie Miller, along with graduate students Latosha Williams and Samantha Silberstein, our study incorporated a subsample of NSSE seniors […]

Residential Learning Communities Continue to Prove Effective in Engaging Students

Residential Learning Communities Continue to Prove Effective in Engaging Students

Polly Graham, Robert Gonyea, and Kevin Fosnacht – According to a recent article published in Learning Communities Research and Practice, residential learning communities (RLCs; also known as Living-Learning Communities) continue to live up to their hype. RLCs have been touted as a best practice due to their high success rate in drawing students into the types of activities that lead to success in college. Considering […]

“Y’all are not here for us. Step it up.”

“Y’all are not here for us. Step it up.”

Allison BrckaLorenz—Current literature underscores the need to address unwelcoming campus climates for LGBQ+ students both in and outside of the classroom by taking a critical look at the practices adopted at the institution. Using a large-scale, multi-institution quantitative and qualitative data set, NSSE researchers presented a study at the 2019 Association for the Study of Higher Education that examined student perceptions of the inclusion of […]