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National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The NSSE is an annual survey that assesses the extent to which first-year and senior undergraduates engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development. The survey is based on the premise that the frequency with which students engage in effective educational practices indicates the quality of the educational experience.

Executive Summary, Respondent Characteristics, and Mapping to WASC Standards

2011 Report

2008 Report, 2008 WASC Mapping

2005 Summary, 2005 Respondents, 2005 WASC Mapping

2004 Summary, 2004 Respondents, 2004 WASC Mapping

2002 Summary, 2002 Respondents, 2002 WASC Mapping

The NSSE assesses student experiences within the following areas:

  • Academic and Intellectual Experiences - address issues such as class related participation and activities, working relationships and dialogue between students and faculty, course related use of technology, and paid or voluntary academically related service
  • Mental Activities - activities such as memorization, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application of concepts
  • Reading and Writing - numbers of assigned and unassigned books read as well as the number of written reports completed of various lengths
  • Challenge of Examinations - extent to which college exams are challenging to students
  • Quality of Advising - evaluating the quality of advising received
  • Enriching Educational Experiences - student participation in various experiences including internships, volunteerism, learning communities, research, foreign language coursework, study abroad, independent study or self-designed major, and culminating experiences
  • Time Usage - time spent by students on various activities on a weekly basis
  • Educational and Personal Growth - extent to which institution contributed to student knowledge, skills, and personal developmentā€ in various areas
  • Institutional Environment - extent to which institution emphasizes certain resources and activities
  • Quality of Relationships - information about student relationships with other students, faculty members, and administrative personnel and offices
  • Satisfaction - level of satisfaction with student experience at CSUS
  • CSU Consortium Questions - Common questions for participating CSU-campus