Information Literacy in an Era of Fake News

Information Literacy in an Era of Fake News

Kevin Fosnacht – Today undergraduates face a conundrum: They can access more information on their phone at a moment’s notice than previous generations could access at in a multi-story university library. Yet, the increasing inclusion of terms like “alternative facts” and “fake news” in the popular discourse highlights how much of the information digested by students is of questionable quality or misleading. This reality makes […]

2017 AIR Conference Presentations

2017 AIR Conference Presentations

Attending AIR May 30th – June 2nd this year in the capitol? Join NSSE analysts as they discuss changes to NSSE’s gender and sexual orientation items, techniques to improve survey quality and measures, and SPSS automation. Current session listings may be previewed here. Wednesday, May 31 Sarraf, S., & Cole, J. Improving Survey Data Quality through Experimentation. 10:15 a.m., Room: Dogwood, Session Code: 88994 BrckaLorenz, […]

Extreme Responses Differ Across Demographic Groups

Extreme Responses Differ Across Demographic Groups

Xiaolin Wang, Amy Ribera, Bob Gonyea — Messick (1989) defines validity as an “integrative evaluative judgment of the degree to which empirical evidence and theoretical rationales support the…appropriateness of interpretations and actions based on…scores or other modes of assessment” (p. 1487). One of the many methods to build a case for the validity of an instrument is by examining the stylistic tendencies of survey respondents, […]

Campus Sexual Assault Policies Not Reaching All Students

Campus Sexual Assault Policies Not Reaching All Students

Sarah Hurtado & Allison BrckaLorenz — Each year, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) appends a small number of experimental item sets focused on topical areas of interest. In 2016, one of these item sets concentrated on students’ perceptions of campus climate and awareness of crisis, anti-discrimination, and sexual assault policies. An initial study, which was presented at the 2017 ACPA conference, focused on […]

Redefining the “Successful” College Graduate: It’s More Than Just the Money

Redefining the “Successful” College Graduate: It’s More Than Just the Money

Angie Miller — At the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, NSSE may be the most well-known project. However, there are several other related projects that incorporate the “NSSE model” of institutional participation, reporting with comparison groups, and research that is conducted with the aggregate data set to inform institutional improvement and educational policy.  One of these projects is the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project […]