NSSE Sightings

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 […]

Picture This: How NSSE Users Visualize Data

Picture This: How NSSE Users Visualize Data

Data visualization is all the rage, and NSSE users are no strangers to using these tools to interpret and display their results. Since 2010, the NSSE Institute has reviewed and posted a gallery of effective examples of NSSE dynamic data displays, including dashboards, heatmaps, and innovative interactive online displays. In a panel for the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum in Washington, D.C., four  NSSE […]

2017 STLHE Conference Presentation

2017 STLHE Conference Presentation

Interested in better understanding LGBTQ students at your institution? Join NSSE researchers Allison BrckaLorenz and Jana Clark as they share research on queer undergraduates’ engagement at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Annual Conference from June 20-23rd in Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA. Catch this session at 11:00a.m. on Wednesday, June 21st.  Read below for an overview of the presentation. More about the […]

When It Comes to Engagement, Student Safety Could Outweigh Living On Campus

When It Comes to Engagement, Student Safety Could Outweigh Living On Campus

Polly Graham, Sarah Hurtado, Bob Gonyea — Within the higher education community, there is a prevalent belief that living on campus is of benefit to students. Evidenced in policies, rhetoric, and resource distribution, many campuses operate with the assumption that living on campus increases the likelihood of student success. Most residential programs offer targeted programming, professional staffing, and increased access to a wide variety of […]

2017 Presentation at the NASPA Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being

2017 Presentation at the NASPA Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being

Preliminary results from a supplement to the NSSE 2017 covering financial knowledge and stress will be shared at the NASPA Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being, held this year in Washington, D.C., from June 15th to 17th. NSSE Researchers Kevin Fosnacht and Brendan Dugan will discuss highlights from the data during the first concurrent session slot, from 2:45 to 3:00p.m., on Thursday June 15th. More about […]

2017 ACUHO-I Presentations

2017 ACUHO-I Presentations

Insights from a joint study between ACUHO-I and NSSE  on how residence life professionals can make use of student engagement data will be shared at this year’s ACUHO-I annual conference in Providence, RI. Join Bob Gonyea, Sarah Hurtado, and Polly Graham on Sunday, June 18th as they discuss how professionals can integrate available NSSE data into their work (9:00a.m.), and the connection between living environment, […]

Information Literacy in an Era of Fake News

Information Literacy in an Era of Fake News

Kevin Fosnacht – Today undergraduates face a conundrum: They can access more information on their phone at a moment’s notice than previous generations could access at in a multi-story university library. Yet, the increasing inclusion of terms like “alternative facts” and “fake news” in the popular discourse highlights how much of the information digested by students is of questionable quality or misleading. This reality makes […]

2017 AIR Conference Presentations

2017 AIR Conference Presentations

Attending AIR May 30th – June 2nd this year in the capitol? Join NSSE analysts as they discuss changes to NSSE’s gender and sexual orientation items, techniques to improve survey quality and measures, and SPSS automation. Current session listings may be previewed here. Wednesday, May 31 Sarraf, S., & Cole, J. Improving Survey Data Quality through Experimentation. 10:15 a.m., Room: Dogwood, Session Code: 88994 BrckaLorenz, […]