Angie Miller and Amber Dumford — A recently published study used NSSE data to explore whether or not students in higher education settings used creative cognitive processes, how these processes were related to deep approaches to learning, and in what types of settings and students these processes were most prevalent. Data from a subsample of students at 17 institutions suggested that first-year and senior students […]
Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, NSSE Institute — Data teams are a popular approach in K-12 schools and districts, and in some colleges and universities. to increase the use of data to inform improvement. Our studies of NSSE data use suggest that when a committee that is charged with promoting the survey, interpreting data, and acting on results considers NSSE; data get more traction on campus. […]
Allison BrckaLorenz and Jessica Harris – Very little is known about the engagement of students from mixed racial heritage (students whose parents are of two or more different races or ethnic backgrounds). Previous research indicates that mixed-race students experience their race differently than their monoracial peers and that race has a significant impact on college student experiences. Therefore, we investigated the engagement of students from […]
Dr. Pat Hutchings served as a member on NSSE’s National Advisory Board (NAB) from 2007 to 2014 and chaired the board from 2014 to 2016. In addition to serving on the board, Dr. Hutchings has been a Senior Scholar for both the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Her expertise in the scholarship of teaching […]
Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, NSSE Institute, and Sarah Hurtado, NSSE Institute Project Associate, recently hosted a webinar on how student affairs professionals can incorporate NSSE data into their work. The webinar provided a review of literature articulating the importance of assessment in student affairs and professional competencies related to assessment, evaluation, and research. This review was followed by an overview of student engagement theory and […]
Join Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) researcher Jim Cole at the 36th annual FYE conference in Atlanta, Feb 11th – 14th. BCSSE will have an exhibit, as well as an exhibitor session on Sunday, February 12th from 3:30 to 4:30pm. The session is titled “Linking first-year persistence with help seeking behaviors and academic perseverance,” and it will be held in the HR – […]
Research on seniors’ sense of belonging at their institution will be the subject of a presentation by NSSE analyst Angie Miller and graduate students Samantha Silberstein and Latosha Williams at the annual Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values, to be held in Tallahassee, FL, Feb. 2-4. Their research explores the impact of student-faculty interaction and teaching practices on students’ feelings of acceptance at […]
Listen to NSSE researchers discuss assessment efforts involving small populations, high-impact practices and racial identity, and the new global learning module at the upcoming AAC&U meeting, Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence, in San Francisco, CA, Jan. 25-28. Look for these and other insightful sessions and speakers in the preliminary program.
We are proud to announce that two articles in the Winter 2017 issue of The Review of Higher Education feature researchers who work with projects here in the Center for Postsecondary Research.
Jim Cole — In this study, we investigated the experiences of students who encountered difficulty learning course material; their ease or difficulty getting help; and how this access to help was related to academic effort, grades, and risk for attrition. The findings show that students who get help with coursework invest more time in their studies and make greater use of effective learning strategies, and […]