We Belong Together: HIPs and First-Year Students

We Belong Together: HIPs and First-Year Students

Angie Miller — A recently published study used NSSE data to explore how first-year student participation in high-impact practices (HIPs) contributes to sense of belonging. Data from a subsample of students at 44 institutions suggested two distinct facets of sense of belonging: peer belonging and institutional acceptance. While analyses showed some gaps in belonging for traditionally disadvantaged populations, overall results indicated positive associations between sense […]

Three Ways to Analyze Write-in Responses to Update Survey Items

Three Ways to Analyze Write-in Responses to Update Survey Items

Bridget Yuhas, Allison BrckaLorenz, John Zilvinskis — At the most recent Association for Institutional Researchers (AIR) conference in Washington, D.C., Center for Postsecondary Research analyst Allison BrckaLorenz and project associates Bridget Yuhas and John Zilvinskis presented a program on analyzing write-in survey responses to improve response options. In a session targeted towards IR professionals seeking guidance on how to approach write-in analysis, the team examined […]

Are Faculty Surveys Biased?

Are Faculty Surveys Biased?

Angie Miller and Amber Dumford — A recently presented paper at the American Educational Research Association used Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) data to investigate the impact of social desirability bias on faculty survey responses.  Social desirability bias, or the tendency for survey respondents to provide answers that cast them in a favorable manner, has long been a concern for surveys of sensitive or […]