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NSSE Foundations: An Introduction to the National Survey of Student Engagement Regional Users Workshop NSSE Foundations: An Introduction to the National Survey of Student Engagement Regional Users Workshop October 19 -20, 2006

What is NSSE? w An annual snapshot of student participation in programs and activities What is NSSE? w An annual snapshot of student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. w The results will provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. w National Survey of Student Engagement items represent empirically confirmed ‘good practices’; they reflect behaviors associated with desired outcomes of college. w The time and energy students devote to educationally purposeful activities is the single best predictor of their learning and personal development.

History of NSSE w 1998 Pew Charitable Trust w Better ways to look at History of NSSE w 1998 Pew Charitable Trust w Better ways to look at schools than US News? w w Non-Student Measures of Success (i. e. endowment, admit rates, external opinions) Can we look at undergraduate quality? w Asking students about their experiences w Survey is conceptually based on the CSEQ, developed by Robert Pace (and still a survey in the NSSE family)

History of NSSE History of NSSE

NSSE Today w The “NSSElings” w The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (2003) w NSSE Today w The “NSSElings” w The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (2003) w The Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (2004) w Additional Surveys w The Law Student Survey of Student Engagement w The College Student Experiences Questionnaire w The College Student Expectations Questionnaire w The High School Survey of Student Engagement* w The Community College Survey of Student Engagement* *Not administered by the Center for Postsecondary Research

NSSE Today w Additional Research Projects w Building Engagement and Attainment in Minority Students NSSE Today w Additional Research Projects w Building Engagement and Attainment in Minority Students (BEAMS) w Documenting Effective Educational Practices (DEEP) w Connecting the Dots, American Democracy Project, State Higher Ed Systems, Teagle grant exploring religion & spirituality, CIC “Making the Case” w Additional Resources w Accreditation Toolkits w Regional Workshops w Pocket Guides w Facilitator’s Guide to Using NSSE Data

NSSE Today w NSSE Around the World w Canadian, French Canadian, Spanish Versions w NSSE Today w NSSE Around the World w Canadian, French Canadian, Spanish Versions w Administered to over 1, 200 different institutions in all 50 states w Institutional Demographics of participants mirror those of the Nation

NSSE 2006 Participating Colleges & Universities NSSE 2006 Participating Colleges & Universities

Core Surveys: NSSE w Research based on effective educational practices w Designed and tested Core Surveys: NSSE w Research based on effective educational practices w Designed and tested for high validity and reliability w Relatively stable over time w High credibility of self- reported data w Over 200, 000 students at 500 institutions annually

Core Surveys: FSSE w Designed to parallel NSSE undergraduate survey w Faculty perceptions of Core Surveys: FSSE w Designed to parallel NSSE undergraduate survey w Faculty perceptions of student engagement w Importance faculty place on various areas of learning and development w Nature and frequency of faculty-student interactions w How faculty members organize class time w Catalyst for productive discussions related to teaching and learning w To date more than 70, 000 faculty members at 380 institutions

Core Surveys: BCSSE w Two pilots: 2005 and 2006 w Provides information for institutions Core Surveys: BCSSE w Two pilots: 2005 and 2006 w Provides information for institutions about incoming students w HS engagement w College expectations w What they value from their new institutions w Links to NSSE items w Will have its first full administration in 2007 -2008 academic year

Timelines (1 ½ year cycle) w May-September w w NSSE/FSSE registration opens Institutional Interface Timelines (1 ½ year cycle) w May-September w w NSSE/FSSE registration opens Institutional Interface opens w NSSE materials due two weeks after registration confirmation w NSSE population files, oversample, and consortium decisions due FSSE materials and population files due June w NSSE & FSSE Administrations close w BCSSE administration continues August w November w BCSSE administration begin at many campuses w October w BCSSE registration begins May w w NSSE & FSSE administrations open w NSSE/FSSE registrations confirmed w Mid-January early February w September w w Institutional Reports sent, including raw data and printed reports for NSSE, FSSE, and the prior summer’s BCSSE September w BCSSE reports sent to participating institutions

NSSE Administration w Administration Mode w Paper: We need accurate mailing addresses, letterhead, signatures NSSE Administration w Administration Mode w Paper: We need accurate mailing addresses, letterhead, signatures w Web+: 4 x the paper sample, we need e-mail and mailing addresses w Web: 5 x the paper sample, we need e-mail addresses

NSSE Administration w Sample Size w Numbers are based on mode and school size NSSE Administration w Sample Size w Numbers are based on mode and school size w Oversampling can increase sample size or ensure adequate representation of populations of interest

NSSE Administration w Things that we need from you w Contact persons w w NSSE Administration w Things that we need from you w Contact persons w w Population File w w w Campus Project Manager (required) Campus Administrative Contact (required) Auxiliary Contact (optional) All First-Year and Senior Students Accurate mailing and/or e-mail addresses Institutional letterhead and signature file (Paper mode only)

NSSE Administration w Things for you to consider w Administration Plan (incentives, advertising) w NSSE Administration w Things for you to consider w Administration Plan (incentives, advertising) w Broad buy-in from others at your institution (informal word-of mouth) w Web-mode institutions: good partnership with IT department

NSSE Administration w Special Groups w Consortia w Schools like you w Additional Questions NSSE Administration w Special Groups w Consortia w Schools like you w Additional Questions w Selected Peers w Schools like you w Special Populations w Identified in Pop file w Special Analysis w Post Hoc Analysis w Experimental Items w Web schools only w w w w 2006 Consortia American Democracy Project Associated New American Colleges AAUDE Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design Association of Independent Technical Universities Bringing Theory to Practice Catholic Colleges and Universities Colleges that Change Lives Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges Jesuit Colleges and Universities Private Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities Teagle Grant Consortium Urban Universities Women's Colleges State and University Systems w w w Ontario Universities South Dakota Public Universities Tennessee Publics University of Texas University of Wisconsin

NSSE Administration w How do we communicate with you? w Client Services Teams w NSSE Administration w How do we communicate with you? w Client Services Teams w w Team 1: 2: 3: 4: Institutions A-E F-Ni No-U of A U of B-Z w Telephone: 812 -856 -5824 w E-mail: nssetm[insert team#]@indiana. edu w e. g. nssetm [email protected] edu

NSSE Deliverables w Institutional Report (August) w Institutional data w w Respondent characteristics (Demographic NSSE Deliverables w Institutional Report (August) w Institutional data w w Respondent characteristics (Demographic Information) Means and Frequencies (item averages and response percentages) Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice Additional Data (If Applicable) w Experimental items w FSSE Report w BCSSE Combined Report w NSSE Institute Information w Using NSSE Data w Accreditation Toolkit w Data Facilitator’s Guide

Respondent Characteristics Respondent Characteristics

Benchmark Report (August) Level of Academic Challenge Student Faculty Interaction Enriching Educational Experiences Active Benchmark Report (August) Level of Academic Challenge Student Faculty Interaction Enriching Educational Experiences Active & Collaborative Learning Supportive Campus Environment

Benchmark Report Benchmark Report

NSSE Deliverables w You become part of the NSSE Family with your participation w NSSE Deliverables w You become part of the NSSE Family with your participation w Consulting w Help with making sense of data w Presentation assistance w Technical questions w Updates, Briefs, Annual Report, new information w Special regional users workshops (meeting other users) w Feedback for NSSE – our Report Card

NSSE: Only one step in assessment process Step #1: Survey Data Step #4: Follow-up NSSE: Only one step in assessment process Step #1: Survey Data Step #4: Follow-up • Use results as benchmarks to monitor progress • Faculty & student focus groups • Survey students • Review results • Develop preliminary list of strengths and opportunities for improvement Step #3: Action Plan • Finalize plan • Share plan with appropriate groups • Link to strategic plan • Implement action Step #2: Feedback • Share results with faculty, administrators & students • Identify themes & priorities • Design action plan

NSSE in your assessment plan w How often should I administer NSSE? w Every NSSE in your assessment plan w How often should I administer NSSE? w Every Year: Gives you a snapshot of each class w Every Three Years: Gives you a picture of a cohort at the beginning and the end of their college experiences w Every Five Years: Works well with most accreditation cycles (Accreditation and Interim Reports) w Other factors to consider w Establishing a baseline w Costs (using all core surveys) w Additional Surveys/Sources of Data w Time to take absorb results, make changes

Discussion and Questions Rob Aaron Client Services Manager Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research Discussion and Questions Rob Aaron Client Services Manager Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research 1900 East 10 th Street Eigenmann Hall, Suite 419 Bloomington, IN 47406 -7512 [email protected] edu Ph: 812 -856 -5824 Fax: 812 -856 -5150 Web site: www. nsse. iub. edu E-mail: [email protected] edu