What is the NSSE?
Offered at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) collects information about student participation in programs and activities that that institutions provide for students’ learning and personal development.
Survey items represent empirically confirmed "good practices" in undergraduate education. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.
When is the NSSE given?
Commonwealth University and the State System administer the online NSSE once every three years during the spring semester. The most recent survey administration was Spring 2022.
How do we use the results?
The use of the NSSE results occurs at the university, college, and department/unit levels. NSSE provides a variety of reports that compare our students' responses with those of students at other 4-year universities. The NSSE Snapshot reports point to areas where colleges and universities are performing well and aspects of the undergraduate experience that could be improved. Results are used to better develop our curricular and co-curricular offerings, academic rigor, student support services, and academic advisement practices.