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NSSE Sightings Has Moved!

NSSE Sightings Has Moved!

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Achievement Goal Orientation and Student Engagement: Expected and Unexpected Patterns

Achievement Goal Orientation and Student Engagement: Expected and Unexpected Patterns

Angie Miller Earlier this year, the journal Motivation and Emotion published an article focusing on achievement goal orientation as a predictor of student engagement. This paper was authored by NSSE research scientist Angie Miller, along with former doctoral students Kyle Fassett and Dajane Palmer, and used experimental item data from the 2015 NSSE administration.             Achievement goal orientation has been studied within education for many […]

What Colleges & Universities Should Know to Respond to Students Entering College 2021

What Colleges & Universities Should Know to Respond to Students Entering College 2021

Jim Cole and Jillian Kinzie Students entering college in fall 2021 bring experiences unlike any others. In turn, colleges and universities have responded to these pandemic-related disruptions, realigning student services and academic experiences to meet students’ needs and changed circumstances. What should colleges and universities know about entering students’ experiences? What issues can be addressed to smooth student’s transition and success?   During the summer […]

Dissertation Research: Developing a Quality Element for High-Impact Practices

Dissertation Research: Developing a Quality Element for High-Impact Practices

Kyle Fassett – In 2019, researchers at the Center for Postsecondary Research that administer the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) developed a new itemset asking students about the quality of their participation in high-impact practices (e.g., capstone, internship, undergraduate research experiences, etc.) through a grant supported by the Lumina Foundation. I used the data collected to build and a test a model of a […]

Assessing Intersectional Experiences

Assessing Intersectional Experiences

Thomas Kirnbauer – Allison BrckaLorenz & I were invited to write a brief titled, Assessing Intersectional Experiences: Where to Begin? in Assessment in Practice for the National Institute for Learning Outcome Assessment (NILOA). In this brief, we wrote about some of the challenges of assessing intersectional experiences based on our experiences working with NSSE data. Intersectionality is a critical framework that evaluates multiple aspects of […]

A Look at Honors College Participation: Are They Living Up to the Hype?

A Look at Honors College Participation: Are They Living Up to the Hype?

Angie Miller In 2018, the Journal for the Education of the Gifted released a special issue on gifted college students and undergraduate honors programming. The issue included an article authored by Angie Miller of NSSE and Amber Dumford of the University of South Florida that examined the relationship between honors participation and student engagement. Honors colleges and programs are meant to provide an academically rigorous […]

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 […]