NSSE Sightings

Optimizing Surveys for Smartphones? Yes, It’s Important!

Optimizing Surveys for Smartphones? Yes, It’s Important!

Shimon Sarraf, Jennifer Brooks, and Jim Cole — If you’re in the business of collecting survey data from college students (or anyone else for that matter), you’ve probably heard a lot of people talk about optimizing surveys for smartphones. This conversation isn’t a surprise, since over 90% of today’s college students are estimated to be walking around with smartphones. At NSSE, we’ve noticed exponential growth […]

The Right Mindset to Succeed

The Right Mindset to Succeed

Shimon Sarraf — In our recent Annual Results 2016 publication, we highlighted new research indicating that college students benefit from a growth mindset – a belief that intelligence and other personality characteristics can change with effort and experience. This finding is not new. Researchers, especially Carol Dweck from Stanford University, have been ringing this bell for quite some time. So why should you pay attention […]

Student Perceptions of Safety and Belonging

Student Perceptions of Safety and Belonging

Allison BrckaLorenz and Sarah Hurtado — Feelings of safety and belonging in a college community are important to students’ well-being and ability to learn. More than 13,000 first-year and senior students from 34 bachelor’s degree-granting institutions answered questions about their feelings of safety and belonging at their institution. Although the majority felt physically safe and comfortable being themselves at their institution, perceptions varied among demographic […]

What Arts and Business Majors Have in Common

What Arts and Business Majors Have in Common

Angie Miller, Amber Dumford, Rebecca Houghton, and Steven Tepper — Previous research from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) suggests that while many arts alumni have entrepreneurial career paths, they may not be learning the much-needed accompanying business and financial skills during their undergraduate careers. As part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the researchers developed the NSSE Senior Transitions […]

2016 NE AIR Presentation

2016 NE AIR Presentation

NSSE Analysts Shimon Sarraf and Jim Cole will discuss ways to improve the quality of survey data during the Monday 3:50 p.m. session at this year’s North East Association for Institutional Research conference in Baltimore, MD, Nov. 12-15.

2016 ASHE Presentations

2016 ASHE Presentations

NSSE researchers will present findings from their work at five sessions during the 2016 ASHE conference, Higher Education and the Public Good, in Columbus, OH, Nov. 9-12. Catch their talks regarding identity, student engagement with faculty, financial stress, and student time use in college.

2016 POD Presentation

2016 POD Presentation

NSSE staff will discuss their research at the upcoming POD conference, Transformative Relationships: Fostering Cultures of Deep Learning, in Louisville, KY, Nov. 9-13. Rong (Lotus) Wang and Allison BrckaLorenz will share their work on strategies for effective teaching of international students during the Friday 9:00 a.m. session.

2016 NAGC Presentations

2016 NAGC Presentations

NSSE analyst Angie Miller will share her work at this year’s NAGC Annual Convention, to be held in Orlando, FL, from Nov. 3- 6. Her two research presentations focus on arts majors’ career plans and confidence in various skills and learning outcomes, and benefits to learning strategies for high-achieving students attending Honors Colleges at the Saturday 12:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. sessions, respectively.

2016 AAC&U STEM Presentation

2016 AAC&U STEM Presentation

NSSE researchers Allison BrckaLorenz, Jim Cole, and Rong (Lotus) Wang will discuss their research at 2016 AAC&U Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education conference in Boston. Catch the discussion, “A Comparison of STEM Students’ Expectations for Engagement and Faculty Teaching Practices,” during the Friday, Nov. 4th 10:30am concurrent session.

Adult Learners – Unique Paths to Academic Success

Adult Learners – Unique Paths to Academic Success

Karyn Rabourn, Rick Shoup, & Allison BrckaLorenz —  Adult learners are academically engaged despite fewer interactions with peers and faculty. Adult learners are a growing population who have unique desires for and challenges with higher education. A study of the academic engagement and campus interactions of adult learners found that compared to their traditional-aged peers, adult learners are more engaged academically, interact less with their peers and […]