NSSE Sightings

The Role of Faculty in Seniors’ Sense of Belonging

The Role of Faculty in Seniors’ Sense of Belonging

Angie Miller—In an article published in Higher Education Research & Development, we used NSSE data to explore how senior students’ faculty-related engagement influences their sense of belonging, particularly when it comes to feeling accepted and valued by professors, administrators, and staff. Authored by NSSE Research Scientist Angie Miller, along with graduate students Latosha Williams and Samantha Silberstein, our study incorporated a subsample of NSSE seniors […]

Residential Learning Communities Continue to Prove Effective in Engaging Students

Residential Learning Communities Continue to Prove Effective in Engaging Students

Polly Graham, Robert Gonyea, and Kevin Fosnacht – According to a recent article published in Learning Communities Research and Practice, residential learning communities (RLCs; also known as Living-Learning Communities) continue to live up to their hype. RLCs have been touted as a best practice due to their high success rate in drawing students into the types of activities that lead to success in college. Considering […]

“Y’all are not here for us. Step it up.”

“Y’all are not here for us. Step it up.”

Allison BrckaLorenz—Current literature underscores the need to address unwelcoming campus climates for LGBQ+ students both in and outside of the classroom by taking a critical look at the practices adopted at the institution. Using a large-scale, multi-institution quantitative and qualitative data set, NSSE researchers presented a study at the 2019 Association for the Study of Higher Education that examined student perceptions of the inclusion of […]

Right-wing On Campus: Conservative Student Engagement

Right-wing On Campus: Conservative Student Engagement

Brendan Dugan—The American public – and conservatives in particular – express dismay over the role of higher education institutions (Brown 2018), citing professors bringing their political views into the classroom (liberal bias) and too great an emphasis being placed on protecting students from potentially offensive views (dampening free speech). Conservative pundits often decry highly publicized events, such as the cancellation of a speech by Ann […]

From Respondent to Researcher: Reflections on NSSE

From Respondent to Researcher: Reflections on NSSE

Angie Miller–I’ve had a lot of opportunities for reflection recently, given the 20-year anniversary of NSSE and my own 15-year college reunion. My first encounter with NSSE was in 2004 as a respondent, during my senior year at Hanover College. One day on my way back from class, I stopped at the Campus Center to check my mailbox and pulled out the NSSE survey (it […]

Cross-Sectional Data Uses

Cross-Sectional Data Uses

Kyle Fassett– At the 2019 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, research analyst Allison BrckaLorenz and I presented on the challenges and benefits of cross-sectional data. We discussed with the audience several examples of research from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE), and the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE). While longitudinal data is advantageous for observing trends […]

Getting lost at the crossing? Tips for Assessing intersectional experiences

Getting lost at the crossing? Tips for Assessing intersectional experiences

Allison BrckaLorenz—Faculty and administrators are often tasked with creating holistic experiences for students upon arrival at college, so it is important to understand ways to assess the whole student. NSSE and FSSE researchers presented to participants at the 2019 Assessment Institute with factors to consider when quantitatively examining intersecting aspects of students’ identities, student characteristics, and collegiate endeavors. Starting with an overview of the Model […]

A Supportive Environment for Better Teaching Practices

A Supportive Environment for Better Teaching Practices

Joe Strickland – Traditionally, faculty working in higher education have experienced pedagogical isolation stemming from a lack of community and collegiality in teaching. While many colleges and universities have recently shown support for teaching and learning centers, substantive institutional and environmental support for good teaching may still be considered as an institutional shortcoming. Analysts at the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) used data from […]

Linking Creative Coursework Activities to the NSSE Engagement Indicators

Linking Creative Coursework Activities to the NSSE Engagement Indicators

A recent special issue on developing creativity, Gifted and Talented International included an article authored by NSSE Research Scientist Angie Miller that dives deeper into the connections between creative coursework and student engagement for seniors. A large body of research demonstrates that creativity training can be effective in academic situations, in K-12 as well as higher education. Prior research using items from the NSSE Senior […]

STEM Faculty Teaching Practices

STEM Faculty Teaching Practices

Kyle Fassett– In November, we presented a poster at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). It sought to look at the changes in teaching practices of STEM faculty at master’s institutions over the course of 10 years. The study used data from the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) from the years 2007, 2012, and 2017 with nearly 3,800 respondents in total. […]