Research Reports - NSSE Reports

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE, or “Nessie”) is a nationally prominent measure of institutional quality that is more authentic than traditional methods that focus on relatively tangential and indirect criteria pertaining to resources and reputation (e.g., those employed by publications such as U.S. News and World Report). Guided by decades of empirical research on college student outcomes, the NSSE focuses on aspects of the undergraduate experience that “make a difference” relative to student success. 

More specifically, the NSSE measures:

  1. The extent to which students engage in educationally purposeful activities that are known to be associated with a wide range of desired learning and developmental outcomes including persistence and graduation, and
  2. Institutional conditions that are conducive to such engagement. 

NSSE results are reported at two levels of analysis (both with comparisons to external groups of institutions):

  1. Individual survey items with trends across all five administrations, and
  2. The five NSSE Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice (2009).

Note: Reference to the NSSE 2011 survey instrument can aid your exploration and interpretation of these reports.

Number of students who completed the NSSE, by year

  2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013
First Year 199 234 161 490 458 347 335
Seniors 217 240 199 730 651 498 583
Total 416 474 360 1220 1109 845 918

Other NSSE Reports

Respondent characteristics (from NSSE)

Older SCSU Reports

Means-Frequencies Reports (from NSSE)

Benchmark Reports (from NSSE)