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Lessons from the National Survey of Student Engagement Dan BureauMahauganee Shaw Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research
Learning Outcomes As a result of participation, you will: 1.Identify concepts core to student engagement. 2.Understand the scope and function of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). 3.Examine NSSE in light of your work. 4.Determine approaches to work in college unions and student activities that may use NSSE data. Questions are welcome!
Tell Us About How You Interact with NSSE Data Which of the following statements best describes your use and familiarity with NSSE data on your campus? a) I am chiefly responsible for NSSE administration and data analysis on my campus b) I have reviewed relevant NSSE data results for my functional area c) I know we participate in NSSE; never seen or used results d) What’s NSSE?
What is NSSE? An annual snapshot of student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development – Results show how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college – NSSE survey measures behaviors associated with desired outcomes of college – The time and energy students devote to educationally purposeful activities is the single best predictor of their learning and personal development – Data belongs to the institution
Who’s Participating? Since 2000, NSSE has been used by 1,400 colleges and universities in all 50 states
Conceptual Background The time and energy students devote to educationally purposeful activities is the single best predictor of their learning and personal development (Kuh, 2002; Wolf-Wendel, Ward, & Kinzie, 2009). These things can be measured and then changed by institutions Schools can foster change if they know what needs to be done Create a yearly, national snapshot of students in the U.S.
Effective Educational Practices Student-faculty contact Active learning Prompt feedback Time on task High expectations Cooperation among students Respect for diverse talents and ways of learning Chickering and Gamson. (1987). Seven principles of good practice in undergraduate education.
Student Engagement What students do – time and energy devoted to educationally purposeful activities What institutions do – using effective educational practices to induce students to do the right things
Situating Engagement in Student Affairs Work Involvement – “accounts for the time and energy that students spend but also acknowledges the contribution of the environment” (p. 411) Engagement – “is about two elements: what the student does and what the institution does. Engagement is about 2 parties who enter into an agreement about the educational experience” (p. 413) Integration – “used to explain the extent to which students come to share the attitudes and beliefs of their peers and faculty and the extent to which students adhere to…the institutional culture” (p. 414). Wolf-Wendel, L., Ward, K., & Kinzie, J. (2009). A tangled web of terms: The overlap and unique contribution of involvement, engagement, and integration to understanding college students success. Journal of College Student Development, 50(4), pp. 407-428.
What does NSSE capture? Student Learning and Development Student Reactions to College Institution Actions and Requirements Student Behavior in College
What does NSSE report? Level of Academic Challenge Student- Faculty Interaction Supportive Campus Environment Enriching Educational Experiences Active and Collaborative Learning Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice
NSSE Results Are diagnostic; to help institutions look holistically at undergraduate experience Help pinpoint aspects not in line with mission, or what institution expects Identify weaknesses and strengths in educational programs Help institutions know what to focus on to improve student learning and success
Lessons from NSSE The single best predictor of student satisfaction with college is the degree to which they perceive the college environment to be supportive of their academic and social needs. Effective educational practices measured by NSSE are independent of institutional selectivity. Grades, persistence, student satisfaction, and engagement go hand in hand.
Assessment with NSSE: Where To Start? 1.Identify and describe a few aspects of your union (facilities, programming, staff, organization, etc.) that contribute to the educational mission of your institution; then go to the data a.What burning questions do you have about your students? b.What are the hot topics on your campus? In your office or department? c.How can these data feed you with information on those topics? 2.How is your institution stacking up in terms of NSSE benchmarks, and educational practices of interest to your campus? a.Where is there room for improvement?
Student Affairs Questions that NSSE Can Answer Do NSSE results match our institutional mission? Are FYs who withdraw from the institution different in terms of engagement than students who are retained? Are we meeting our expectations for having a supportive campus environment? Since implementing a new ____ initiative and/or expanding our _____ programming, has our score on the ____ scale/item(s) increased/decreased?
Possible Items of Interest Student Union Facilities About how many hours do you spend in a typical week… – Working for pay on/off campus? – Participating in co-curricular activities? – Commuting to class? To what extent does your institution emphasize… – Proving the support you need to thrive socially/succeed academically? – Encouraging contact among students from different economic, social, and racial/ethnic backgrounds? *Items above may be crossed with demographic data
Possible Items of Interest Programming Initiatives To what extent has your experience at this institution contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in… – Working effectively with others? – Voting in local, state, or national elections? – Understanding yourself/people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds? – Developing a personal code of values and ethics? – Contributing to the welfare of your community? – Developing a deepened sense of spirituality? To what extent does your institution emphasize… – Attending campus events and activities? – Encouraging contact among students from different economic, social, and racial/ethnic backgrounds? *Items above may be crossed with demographic data
Activity Select survey items that could best inform: – how students are impacted by your daily work – the types of programming from which your students would benefit the most – your work with a particular student demographic If you had this data, what would you know? How would it impact your work in college unions and student activities?
How will you put this information to work when you return to your campus?
Contact Information http://nsse.iub.edu Mahauganee Shaw = firstname.lastname@example.org@indiana.edu Dan Bureau = email@example.com@indiana.edu