NSSE Sightings

2017 FYE Conference Presentation

2017 FYE Conference Presentation

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 – […]

2017 Dalton Institute on College Student Values Presentation

2017 Dalton Institute on College Student Values Presentation

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 […]

2017 AAC&U Conference Presentations

2017 AAC&U Conference Presentations

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.

The Latest Review of Higher Education: We’re in It!

The Latest Review of Higher Education: We’re in It!

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.

Support for Learners Links to Academic Effort, Academic Performance, and Retention

Support for Learners Links to Academic Effort, Academic Performance, and Retention

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 […]

Time Use During College: Is it study or party time?

Time Use During College: Is it study or party time?

Kevin Fosnacht, Alexander C. McCormick, and Rosemarie Lerma — “What students do during college counts more in terms of desired outcomes than who they are or where they go to college” – Kuh et al., 2005, p. 8 Time use is a critical component of student learning and development (Pace, 1980). Consequently, it is imperative to understand how students utilize their time and how these […]

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, Sally Gaskill, 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 […]