National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

In appreciation for participating, we will enter all students who complete the survey by May 1st into a drawing for 1 of 100 Visa gift cards worth $50.00 each. Your chances of winning depend on how many complete the survey; the last time we administered this survey over 1,200 students responded.

What is the NSSE?

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) measures the participation of first-year and senior students in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The University of Kansas uses the results to provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.

NSSE provides participating institutions a variety of reports that compare their students' responses with those of comparison institutions. Comparisons are available for ten Engagement Indicators, six High-Impact Practices, and all individual survey questions. Each November, NSSE also publishes its Annual Results, which reports topical research and trends in student engagement results. NSSE researchers also present and publish research findings throughout the year.

The University of Kansas last participated in the NSSE in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013. KU results consistently show that KU students are well engaged as measured by the five benchmarks of effective educational practice: academic challenge, active/collaborative learning, enriching educational experiences, student-faculty interactions, and a supportive campus environment.

How are survey results used?

Institutions use their data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience inside and outside the classroom that can be improved through changes in policies and practices more consistent with good practices in undergraduate education. This information is also used by prospective college students, their parents, college counselors, academic advisers, institutional research officers, and researchers to learn more about how students spend their time at different colleges and universities and what they gain from their experiences.

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