NSSE Sightings

It Takes a Team to Put NSSE Data to Use

It Takes a Team to Put NSSE Data to Use

Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, NSSE Institute — Data teams are a popular approach in K-12 schools and districts, and in some colleges and universities. to increase the use of data to inform improvement.  Our studies of NSSE data use suggest that when a committee that is charged with promoting the survey, interpreting data, and acting on results considers NSSE; data get more traction on campus. […]

Differences in Biracial Student Engagement

Differences in Biracial Student Engagement

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, we investigated the engagement of students from […]

NSSE Thanks Dr. Pat Hutchings for Her Service

NSSE Thanks Dr. Pat Hutchings for Her Service

Dr. Pat Hutchings served as a member on NSSE’s National Advisory Board (NAB) from 2007 to 2014 and chaired the board from 2014 to 2016. In addition to serving on the board, Dr. Hutchings has been a Senior Scholar for both the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Her expertise in the scholarship of teaching […]

Student Affairs + NSSE Data: Webinar Recap

Student Affairs + NSSE Data: Webinar Recap

Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, NSSE Institute, and Sarah Hurtado, NSSE Institute Project Associate, recently hosted a webinar on how student affairs professionals can incorporate NSSE data into their work. The webinar provided a review of literature articulating the importance of assessment in student affairs and professional competencies related to assessment, evaluation, and research. This review was followed by an overview of student engagement theory and […]

2017 FYE Conference Presentation

2017 FYE Conference Presentation

Join Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) researcher Jim Cole at the 36th annual FYE conference in Atlanta, Feb 11th – 14th. BCSSE will have an exhibit, as well as an exhibitor session on Sunday, February 12th from 3:30 to 4:30pm. The session is titled “Linking first-year persistence with help seeking behaviors and academic perseverance,” and it will be held in the HR – […]

2017 Dalton Institute on College Student Values Presentation

2017 Dalton Institute on College Student Values Presentation

Research on seniors’ sense of belonging at their institution will be the subject of a presentation by NSSE analyst Angie Miller and  graduate students  Samantha Silberstein and Latosha Williams at the annual Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values, to be held in Tallahassee, FL, Feb. 2-4. Their research explores the impact of student-faculty interaction and teaching practices on students’ feelings of acceptance at […]

2017 AAC&U Conference Presentations

2017 AAC&U Conference Presentations

Listen to NSSE researchers discuss assessment efforts involving small populations, high-impact practices and racial identity, and the new global learning module at the upcoming AAC&U meeting, Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence, in San Francisco, CA, Jan. 25-28. Look for these and other insightful sessions and speakers in the preliminary program.

The Latest Review of Higher Education: We’re in It!

The Latest Review of Higher Education: We’re in It!

We are proud to announce that two articles in the Winter 2017 issue of The Review of Higher Education feature researchers who work with projects here in the Center for Postsecondary Research.

Support for Learners Links to Academic Effort, Academic Performance, and Retention

Support for Learners Links to Academic Effort, Academic Performance, and Retention

Jim Cole — In this study, we investigated the experiences of students who encountered difficulty learning course material; their ease or difficulty getting help; and how this access to help was related to academic effort, grades, and risk for attrition. The findings show that students who get help with coursework invest more time in their studies and make greater use of effective learning strategies, and […]

Time Use During College: Is it study or party time?

Time Use During College: Is it study or party time?

Kevin Fosnacht, Alexander C. McCormick, and Rosemarie Lerma — “What students do during college counts more in terms of desired outcomes than who they are or where they go to college” – Kuh et al., 2005, p. 8 Time use is a critical component of student learning and development (Pace, 1980). Consequently, it is imperative to understand how students utilize their time and how these […]