National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The NSSE is a national survey which annually collects information from first-years and seniors at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. Survey items represent empirically confirmed “good practices” in undergraduate education. That is, they reflect behaviors by students and institutions that are associated with desired outcomes of college.  Lawrence participates in the NSSE every three years to survey the same cohort as first-years and again as seniors.

How are the data used?

Institutions use their data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience inside and outside the classroom where they are performing well and those that can be improved through changes in policies and practices more consistent with good practices in undergraduate education. This information can also be used by prospective college students, their parents, college counselors, academic advisers, institutional research officers, and researchers in learning more about how students spend their time at different colleges and universities and what they gain from their experience.

Most recent data

The 2013 NSSE data includes responses from 258 randomly selected Lawrence students. In all, the far-reaching national sample for the survey is more than 335,000 students at 568 colleges and universities. 

  • Instrument - Starting in 2013, NSSE grouped sets of new, updated, and continuing items within ten Engagement Indicators, which were organized within four engagement themes adapted from the former five benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice (2000-12). There are now 47 survey items included in the Engagement Indicators, whereas prior to 2013 there were 42.  Six former Enriching Educational Experiences are now reported separately as High-Impact Practices. 
  • Pocket Guide Report

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