NSSE Sightings

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 […]

In name only? Assessing Quality and Equity in High-Impact Practices

In name only? Assessing Quality and Equity in High-Impact Practices

Brendan Dugan–Often lauded as transformational educational experiences, High-Impact Practices (HIPS) play a key role in the undergraduate experience. Yet the success of these practices depends in part on implementation that may vary between programs and institutions. The eagerness to label practices high-impact, or to focus exclusively on participation in these activities, may have distracted educators and administrators from ensuring these activities provide the particular and […]

Person-Centered Approaches to Inclusive Data Analysis

Person-Centered Approaches to Inclusive Data Analysis

Thomas Kirnbauer – At the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Virtual Forum 2020, Allison BrckaLorenz, Thomas Nelson Laird, & I presented a live-simulated session about person-centered approaches to inclusive data analysis. A person-centered approach focuses on identifying different groups of individuals that share similar experiences and outcomes in higher education. This approach is designed to complement a traditional variable-centered approach that focuses on the association […]

Friendly Preparation Tips for NSSE Administration

Friendly Preparation Tips for NSSE Administration

Yihan Zhu – We’d like to highlight two important administration topics for you: incentive messages and disposition files! Incentive messages Sometimes institutions wonder about how specific and detailed the information included in incentive texts should be. Here is an incentive template NSSE provides when schools decide to offer gift card drawings, which includes all the specifications required for the incentive to adhere to IRB guidelines: […]

So Many NSSE Topical Modules… Making Your Decision for NSSE 2021

So Many NSSE Topical Modules… Making Your Decision for NSSE 2021

Jillian Kinzie NSSE annually offers the option of Topical Modules—short question sets, appended to the core survey, on focused areas such as academic advising, civic engagement, transferable skills, writing, first-year experiences and senior transitions, global learning, and diversity and inclusion. Institutions can append up to two additional sets of questions, either a customized set as part of a consortium or a Topical Module. About 90% […]

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 […]