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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.

NSSE Institutional Report 2020

Administration Summary
Engagement Indicators
First Year Experiences and Senior Transitions
Frequencies & Statistical Comparisons
High Impact Practices
Inclusiveness & Engagement with Diversity
Multi-Year Report
Pocket Guide
Respondent Profile
Selected Comparison Groups
Snapshot

Executive Summary, and Respondent Characteristics

2017 Executive Summary
2014 Executive Summary

2011 Executive Summary

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 development” 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