NSSE Sightings

National Advisory Board Meeting

National Advisory Board Meeting

Alexander C. McCormick and Allison BrckaLorenz – Members of NSSE, FSSE, and BCSSE staff recently met with NSSE’s National Advisory Board to discuss important issues about higher education and the future of NSSE. Hosted at Lumina Foundation’s Indianapolis headquarters, the meeting opened with an enthusiastic welcome for three new board members: Loren J. Blanchard, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs at the California […]

BCSSE at the First-Year Experience Conference

BCSSE at the First-Year Experience Conference

February 17 and 18, Jim Cole, BCSSE Project Manager, will be presenting at the FYE conference in Las Vegas, NV. His two presentations include, “Leveraging Survey Data and Predictive Analytics to Support First-Year Students” on Feb 17 with Michelle Bombaugh from Univ of  South Florida, and “Entering Students’ Experience: BCSSE for First-Year and Transfer Students” on Feb 18. Stop by the presentations or the BCSSE/NSSE/FSSE […]

FSSE Debuts New Report on Faculty Time

FSSE Debuts New Report on Faculty Time

Kyle Fassett – In a session at the 2018 Assessment Institute, the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) debuted a new report that institutions will start receiving in 2019. It aims to illustrate the relationships between a typology of five faculty types and measures of effective educational practices. The typology originated from faculty responses on the time they spend on teaching activities; research, creative, or […]

International students do not all learn alike!

International students do not all learn alike!

Defta Oktafiga—International students are an important population of the U.S. undergraduate student body for at least two reasons. First, they enrich diversity in U.S. higher education as they bring various cultural backgrounds and values. Second, they generate considerable revenue not only for U.S. institutions of higher education but also for the local economy in which the institutions are situated. While many studies have investigated challenges […]

Transparent Quality: Building Trust with Psychometrics

Justin Paulsen & Allison BrckaLorenz–Whatever the data might be, someone is always going to ask, “Can you really trust those findings?” Effectively, that is a question about the validity of the data. There are a few different validity frameworks out in the literature (Borsboom, Mellenbergh, & van Heerden’s, 2004; Lissitz & Samuelson, 2007; Messick, 1989;  etc.), but at the Center of Postsecondary Research, we subscribe […]

Examining Supportive Environments for Faculty with Disaggregated Results

Examining Supportive Environments for Faculty with Disaggregated Results

Christen Priddie–Finding ways to support faculty members is important for understanding how institution leaders can improve faculty experiences. Often, researchers conducting studies on faculty members present aggregated results, as if they are a monolithic group but disaggregated information suggests otherwise. In our session, “Support by any other name: Disaggregating supportive environments for faculty” presented at the 2018 Assessment Institute conference, researchers analyzed data from the […]

What About Graduating Seniors with Unconventional Career Plans?

What About Graduating Seniors with Unconventional Career Plans?

Angie Miller– Millennials expect many job changes, are more open to self-employment as part of the “gig economy” and want flexible hours and professional development opportunities (Gianniris, 2018).  With most of today’s graduating college students being millennials, a natural question is how their immediate and long-term career plans align with this supposed pattern. Using data from over 35,000 seniors at 145 institutions, NSSE’s Senior Transitions Topical […]

“Who are the HIPsters?” NSSE has the scoop

“Who are the HIPsters?” NSSE has the scoop

Bob Gonyea – Due to their positive associations with student learning and retention, certain undergraduate opportunities are believed to be “high-impact.” High-Impact Practices (HIPs) share several traits: They demand considerable time and effort, facilitate learning outside of the classroom, require meaningful interactions with faculty and students, encourage collaboration with diverse others, and provide frequent and substantive feedback. It may be useful to know which factors […]

New Insights on Preparing Students for Work and Careers – Annual Results 2018 Available!

New Insights on Preparing Students for Work and Careers – Annual Results 2018 Available!

The 2018 release of Engagement Insights: Survey Findings on the Quality of Undergraduate Education, finds that college student readiness for work varies by major and use of career resources. At a time when a college degree and employability are increasingly intertwined, 93% of seniors believe what they are learning in college is relevant to their career paths. In addition, most seniors are highly confident in […]

Biracial students with White heritage are not all alike!

Biracial students with White heritage are not all alike!

Allison BrckaLorenz–Supporting multiracial college students is increasingly important as the multiracial college student population continues to steadily increase each year. Of particular interest to this research are biracial students with White heritage, who may experience more negative and/or difficult collegiate interactions and perceptions of the campus environment than their biracial counterparts with no White heritage. Scholars have explored how biracial students with White heritage are […]