You will be familiar with the five NSSE benchmarks and the survey items that make up each benchmark. You will be familiar with the comparison groups for which we have NSSE data. You will be familiar with the embedded data variables in the NSSE raw data.
You will be familiar with the historical NSSE data that is available for analysis. You will be familiar with the content of the FSSE and the BCSSE and how these data can be combined with NSSE data. You will be familiar with the new Qualtrics form that is available to request data from the NSSE, FSSE or BCSS to be used for program improvement.
NSSE is administered to first- year students and seniors during the spring term. The most recent data was collecting in spring 2009. Previous administrations were in 2000, 2002, 2005 & 2006.
Level of Academic Challenge (LAC) Active and Collaborative Learning (ACL) Student-Faculty Interaction (SFI) Enriching Educational Experiences (EEE) Supportive Campus Environment (SCE)
Challenging intellectual and creative work is central to student learning and collegiate quality. Colleges and universities promote high levels of student achievement by emphasizing the importance of academic effort and setting high expectations for student performance.
Preparing for class (studying, reading, writing, doing homework or lab work, etc. related to academic program) Number of assigned textbooks, books, or book-length packs of course readings Number of written papers or reports of 20 pages or more; between 5 and 19 pages; and fewer than 5 pages Coursework emphasizes: Analysis of the basic elements of an idea, experience or theory Coursework emphasizes: Synthesis and organizing of ideas, information, or experiences into new, more complex interpretations and relationships
Coursework emphasizes: Making of judgments about the value of information, arguments, or methods Coursework emphasizes: Applying theories or concepts to practical problems or in new situations Working harder than you thought you could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations Campus environment emphasizes: Spending significant amount of time studying and on academic work.
Students learn more when they are intensely involved in their education and asked to think about what they are learning in different settings. Collaborating with others in solving problems or mastering difficult material prepares students for the messy, unscripted problems they will encounter daily during and after college
Asked questions in class or contributed to class discussions Made a class presentation Worked with other students on projects during class Worked with classmates outside of class to prepare class assignments
Tutored or taught other students (paid or voluntary) Participated in a community-based project (e.g., service learning) as part of a regular course Discussed ideas from your readings or classes with others outside of class (students, family members, co-workers, etc.)
Students learn firsthand how experts think about and solve practical problems by interacting with faculty members inside and outside the classroom. As a result, their teachers become role models, mentors, and guides for continuous, life-long learning.
Discussed grades or assignments with an instructorTalked about career plans with a faculty member or advisor Discussed ideas from your readings or classes with faculty members outside of class Worked with faculty members on activities other than coursework (committees, orientation, student-life activities, etc.) Received prompt written or oral feedback from faculty on your academic performance Worked on a research project with a faculty member outside of course or program requirements
Complementary learning opportunities enhance academic programs. Diversity experiences teach students valuable things about themselves and others. Technology facilitates collaboration between peers and instructors. Internships, community service, and senior capstone courses provide opportunities to integrate and apply knowledge.
● Participating in co-curricular activities (organizations, campus publications, student government, social fraternity or sorority, etc.) ● Practicum, internship, field experience, co-op experience, or clinical assignment ● Community service or volunteer work● Foreign language coursework / Study abroad● Independent study or self-designed major ● Culminating senior experience (capstone course, senior project or thesis, comprehensive exam, etc.)
Serious conversations with students of different religious beliefs, political opinions, or personal values Serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity than your own Using electronic medium (e.g., listserv, chat group, Internet, instant messaging, etc.) to discuss or complete an assignment Campus environment encouraging contact among students from different economic, social, and racial or ethnic backgrounds Participate in a learning community or some other formal program where groups of students take two or more classes together
Students perform better and are more satisfied at colleges that are committed to their success and cultivate positive working and social relations among different groups on campus.
Campus environment provides the support you need to help you succeed academically Campus environment helps you cope with your non-academic responsibilities (work, family, etc.) Campus environment provides the support you need to thrive sociallyQuality of relationships with other studentsQuality of relationships with faculty membersQuality of relationships with administrative personnel and offices
All NSSE participants Carnegie Peers Cross-Applicant Peers Aspirant Peers All NJ Schools NSSE Top 50% NSSE Top 10% Consortium for the Study of Writing in College sub-group All schools who took the supplemental assessment questions
Race Grades in WRI 101 & WRI 102 Admission category- Regular, Transfer, EOF (non-transfer), General, Special SAT scores (Reading, Math, Writing, Total) First major, second major Residence hall
Multi-year Benchmark comparisons are readily available for the 2005, 2006 & 2009 web-based administrations Other multi-year comparisons can be made manually from raw data from the 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2009 administrations Longitudinal comparison of students who took NSSE as first-year students in 2005 and as seniors in 2009
The FSSE asks faculty about their perceptions of students’ engagement. It was administered for the first time in spring 2009.
Asks faculty about assessment efforts on campus Asks faculty about efforts to improve teaching and learning and about scholarship on teaching and learning
The BCSSE is given to incoming first-year students prior to the start of classes in the fall term. It was administered for first time in fall 2008.
FSSE-NSSE combined data BCSSE-NSSE combined data
Example: First-Year StudentsSeniors Faculty perceptions of typical students and student responses: Faculty Perception Student Responses Faculty Perception Student Responses FSSE Item Response OptionsCol % Asked questions in class or contributed to class discussions Never 0%1%0%1% Sometimes 39%32%19%24% Often 46%37%41%27% Very often 15%30%41%48% Total100%
Importance faculty place on campus-facilitated activities and student participation: Faculty ResponsesStudent Responses Percentage of faculty who reported that it is important or very important that students at their institution do the following Distribution of student responses to whether they had done or plan to do the following before graduating FSSE Item Students Taught Very Important or ImportantNSSE ItemClassDonePlan to do Do not plan to do Have not decided Practicum, internship, field experience, co- op experience, or clinical assignment FY88% Practicum, internship, field experience, co- op experience, or clinical assignment FY6%83%2%9% SR88%SR77%8%13%3%
How many hours in a typical 7-day week doing each of the following: BCSSENSSE Preparing for class (studying, doing homework, rehearsing etc.) High SchoolExpected FYFirst Year Count% % % None1310020 1-10589571281311021 11-20318315215124846 More than 20 111113753717632 Total1,0311001,024100536100
Level of Academic Challenge BCSSE ScaleQuartile Range TCNJAll Other Masters Statistical Comparisons Perceived Academic Preparation MeanSDNMeanSDNDiff.Sig.ES Low 25 56.812.511351.212.816445.57***.44 Mid 50 60.811.717654.812.322746.08***.51 Top 25 62.511.19058.613.48823.88**.32 BCSSE Scales by NSSE Level of Academic Challenge (LAC)
Qualtrics Form on Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website