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National Survey of Student Engagement results available online

September 12, 2012

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) collects information from first-year and senior undergraduates at hundreds of universities about their participation in programs and activities relevant to their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how students spend their time (which we know influences their success) and can be used as an indirect measure of student learning and development.

Institutional Research has made all of CSU’s standard National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) reports available online through the new Student Engagement (NSSE) link on the IR main page. Additional research reports and briefs that utilize the data are also available.

Positive outcomes reflected in 2012 results

As a result of an extraordinary institutional effort, 2012 was CSU’s most successful NSSE to date.

Nearly 3,500 students responded allowing, for the first time in the history of our NSSE administrations, analysis of survey results across a variety of demographic and academics. Furthermore, we invite campus programs interested in researching specific CSU populations to contact the Office of Institutional Research.

The 2012 results are encouraging in terms of both internal and peer comparison.

Internally, first-year and senior students showed improved engagement and personal development in 2012 over the last NSSE administration (2009), however, the more considerable findings are the even larger gains made since the formal design and implementation of the Student Success Initiatives (SSI) in 2007. These larger gains may indicate a cumulative impact of these campus-wide initiatives intended to support student success even without their full execution due to budget constraints.

Peer comparisons over time have generally shown first-year students scoring at or slightly below their counterparts at selected institutions. The 2012 results indicate a positive shift in this trend. Seniors also show improvement as compared to our selected peer group. Again, we may be seeing the positive impact of the SSI efforts on campus.

Please continue to check the new Student Engagement (NSSE) site through-out the fall for new reports.

Contact: Tyson Koss
Phone: (970) 491-5939