NSSE Sightings

Promoting Culturally Inclusive Teaching Use among STEM Faculty

Promoting Culturally Inclusive Teaching Use among STEM Faculty

Adapted from a presentation given at the Association for the Study of Higher Education, 2018 Christen Priddie – Calls-to-action from the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) community have directed attention to understanding how classroom environments contribute to high rates of diverse students leaving STEM majors (Killpack & Melon, 2016; Pawley, 2017). This has led to more examination of faculty use of culturally inclusive teaching […]

The Relationship Between Persistence and Intention to Return

The Relationship Between Persistence and Intention to Return

Bob Gonyea—How well do first-year student responses to NSSE’s “intend to return” question match their actual persistence at the institution? NSSE does not collect persistence rates as matter of course, but the questionnaire does ask first-year students if they intend to return to the institution the following year. However, with persistence data from the 2018 housing study, we were curious to know how well students’ […]

NSSE Pulse Reveals How Students and Institutions Navigated the Pandemic

NSSE Pulse Reveals How Students and Institutions Navigated the Pandemic

Jillian Kinzie, Shimon Sarraf and Alexander McCormick In fall 2020 NSSE offered a special short survey – NSSE Pulse – at the start of a very uncertain academic year. The short online survey provided an opportunity to check-in with students to gauge how they were adjusting and managing during the pandemic. It included selected questions from NSSE on academic challenge and success, interactions with peers, […]

Responding to a Crisis: Developing the Coping with COVID Topical Module

Responding to a Crisis: Developing the Coping with COVID Topical Module

Angie Miller As soon as the pandemic was in full swing in the U.S. and institutions started rapidly transitioning to all-online classes, we knew that this would have implications for NSSE. We were in the middle of our 2020 administration, so our primary focus was exploring how the lockdowns were impacting the data as is was being collected. But we also knew that the pandemic […]

Beyond the Numbers at Stanislaus State

Beyond the Numbers at Stanislaus State

By: Sriram Chintakrindi, Meggan Jordan, Stuart Wooley, Christian Pinedo, Maribel Duran, Erin Littlepage, and Katie Olivant, all of California State University, Stanislaus Our team of faculty and student researchers at California State University, Stanislaus are engaging in an on-going qualitative data analysis of Stanislaus State Student Success indicators using data collected from the National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE). Stan State developed an applied learning […]

The Importance of Outside Expertise: Updating the NSSE Disability Items

The Importance of Outside Expertise: Updating the NSSE Disability Items

When it comes to updating NSSE items, sometimes it is necessary to consult with outside experts to make sure we are “getting things right” when it comes to the most recent research and terminology. However, we still want to make sure that new items will fit seamlessly within the existing NSSE survey. This invited guest blog describes the process for updating the NSSE disability item […]

Introducing HIPs in Practice: A Pilot Survey Project

Introducing HIPs in Practice: A Pilot Survey Project

Jillian Kinzie – Faculty and staff leading High-Impact Practices (HIPs) who are interested in better understanding the quality of the HIPs offered at their institution may be interested in NSSE’s new pilot project, HIPs in Practice, a continuation of Assessing Quality and Equity in High-Impact Practices (HIPs), supported by Lumina Foundation. HIPs in Practice is a targeted data collection focused on students participating in specific […]

NSSE’s 20th Anniversary Reveals Promising Trends in Engagement

Bob Gonyea – Anniversaries are a good time to reflect on change and stability over time. As NSSE enters its third decade surveying hundreds of thousands of college students each year, we can take a long look back to identify any trends. Certainly, much has happened in higher education since NSSE’s launch in 2000 – the assessment of teaching and learning has gained in sophistication, […]

Using Incentives and Learning Management Systems to Boost Survey Response: Do They Work?

Using Incentives and Learning Management Systems to Boost Survey Response: Do They Work?

Shimon Sarraf Survey incentives and the posting of links to learning management systems (LMS) appear to substantially improve response rates regardless of institutional control and enrollment size. Incentives and, more recently, posting survey links to LMSs are increasingly used to boost response rates among NSSE participating institutions. Past studies aimed at understanding the impact of incentives among a college student population, however, have often relied […]

New in 2021! Developing the Career and Workforce Preparation Topical Module

New in 2021! Developing the Career and Workforce Preparation Topical Module

Josclynn Brandon – Due to a growing concern over students’ preparation for the workplace by employers and higher education institutions alike, the need for evidence of employability as an educational outcome has increased. Institutions utilize resources such as career services, experiential learning, and interactions with members of the campus community in order to prepare students for the labor market and the expectations that come along […]