NSSE Sightings

Understanding student use of e-textbooks

Understanding student use of e-textbooks

Allison BrckaLorenz—Digital devices have become part of our everyday lives, at home, at work, and at school. As an example of technology integration in education, e-textbooks are becoming more available in higher education as they offer features that are intended to enhance teaching and learning at a cost advantage. Adoption of e-textbooks in US higher education institutions have been mostly driven by student choice although […]

Top College Choices by Student Sexual Orientation

Top College Choices by Student Sexual Orientation

Kyle Fassett – Students belonging to marginalized sexual orientations frequently lack social and cultural capital (Baez et al., 2007; Windmeyer, 2006). This can prove to be a barrier to attend college and ultimately achieve a degree (Williams Institute, 2017). Moreover, institutions often struggle to recruit LGBQ+ students due to lack of resources or systems in place to facilitate their admissions process. With more and more […]

You Know What They Say About Those Majors: Exploring Personality Traits Across Major Fields

You Know What They Say About Those Majors: Exploring Personality Traits Across Major Fields

NSSE Research Scientist Angie Miller and IU doctoral student Rosemarie Lerma presented a study at the 2019 American Educational Research Association that looked at potential differences in personality traits across majors. For college students, choosing a major is an essential part of establishing an identity and achieving desired post-graduation outcomes. There are also many stereotypes prevalent in popular culture that are associated with various majors: […]

What NSSE Data Tells Us About Online Learning and Student Engagement

What NSSE Data Tells Us About Online Learning and Student Engagement

In a recent issue of the Journal of Computing in Higher Education, NSSE Research Scientist Angie Miller and University of South Florida Associate Professor Amber Dumford authored anarticle looking at how online learning impacts student engagement. Both authors were interested in this topic after having taught online classes themselves. Teaching through this medium has its own sets of struggles, for both students and teachers, but it can […]

What Causes Are Students Active In?

What Causes Are Students Active In?

Thomas Kirnbauer & Dajanae Palmer – At the 2018 Association for the Study of Higher (ASHE) Allison (analyst), Dajanae (student), Donté Miller (student), and Thomas Kirnbauer (student) shared research findings related to the Student Activism experimental item set. The item set was a part of the Spring 2017 NSSE administration and was designed to capture which issues and causes most concern college students; the complete set of questions can […]

BCSSE to ask Coronavirus disruption questions of high school graduates

BCSSE to ask Coronavirus disruption questions of high school graduates

BCSSE will ask additional questions on the web version of the survey about the impact of the pandemic on the high school experiences of first-year students who graduated in 2020. There is no additional fee for these special questions. Responses to these items will be merged with core BCSSE data for participating institutions. View the BCSSE survey and Coronavirus Item Set here. Colleges and universities interested in asking questions of their entering students […]

Kicking off NSSE’s listening tour: What’s in the future for student engagement?

Kicking off NSSE’s listening tour: What’s in the future for student engagement?

Ryan Merckle—At the 2020 AAC&U annual meeting, conference goers were invited to focus on the shape and future of higher education. Coupled with NSSE’s planning for its third decade, we took that cue and engaged participants in a thoughtful discussion centered on current trends and future possibilities of engagement as a lens for examining college quality. When launched in 2000, NSSE had two main objectives. […]

Students of Color Who Chose Their Roommates Perceived a More Positive Campus Environment

Students of Color Who Chose Their Roommates Perceived a More Positive Campus Environment

Kevin Fosnacht, Bob Gonyea, & Polly Graham – Campus housing is a setting where the abstract institutional goal of diverse interactions becomes a concrete reality as students from majority identities – often for the first time – navigate living with and near individuals who differ from themselves in meaningful ways such as by race, religion, politics, country of origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic […]

BCSSE 2020 Registration

BCSSE 2020 Registration

BCSSE 2020 registration opens March 2. Last year’s survey updates to include all types of entering undergraduate students, proved very successful. Most web schools surveyed not only their entering first-year students, but also their transfer and older students. View the webinar “Introduction to BCSSE 2019” for more information about all the survey updates and reports. Click here for more information about BCSSE.

NSSE Teams Up with ACUHO-I

NSSE Teams Up with ACUHO-I

Kyle Fassett – Researchers from the National Survey of Student Engagement traveled to Toronto, Canada to share findings from a current project at the annual ACUHO-I Conference and Expo. In 2018, National Survey of Student Engagement received a three-year grant from the ACUHO-I Research and Educational Foundation to study the impact of residence life and housing on student engagement and persistence. With data collected, Kevin […]