The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) measures undergraduate student participation in programs and activities provided to promote learning and personal development. KU uses the survey results to better understand how students are connecting with the university and to identify effective programs and practices and then applies this information to guide curriculum development and co-curricular program design. KU’s participation in NSSE is part of a coordinated set of strategies designed to enhance the undergraduate experience for all KU students, including improving retention, persistence, and graduation rates.




Interactive Dashboard

This dashboard provides an opportunity to dive deeper into the 2018 NSSE survey results. Several one page summary sheets are provided comparing KU to other AAU institutions. Interactive pages are also provided to allow data to be filtered by class level, sex, and underrepresented minority/domestic/international status. Analysis of results from KU’s administration of the 2013 NSSE Survey are also provided for comparison.   

Interactive Dashboard

Tips and Tricks for using the Dashboards


This Snapshot is a concise collection of key findings from KU's NSSE 2018 survey administration. We hope this information stimulates discussions about the undergraduate experience. Additional details about these and other results appear in the reports referenced throughout.

2018 Snapshot

Engagement Indicators

Engagement Indicators (EIs) provide a useful summary of the detailed information contained in KU students’ NSSE responses. By combining responses to related NSSE questions, each EI offers valuable information about a distinct aspect of student engagement. 

Theme Engagement Indicator
Academic Challenge
  • Higher-Order Learning
  • Reflective & Integrative Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Quantitative Reasoning
Learning with Peers
  • Colaborative Learning
  • Discssions with Diverse Others
Experiences with Faculty
  • Student-Faculty Interactions
  • Effective Teaching Practices
Campus Environment
  • Quality of Interactions
  • Supportive Environment 

2018 Engagement Indicators

High-Impact Practices

Due to their positive associations with student learning and retention, certain undergraduate opportunities are designated "high-impact." High-Impact Practices (HIPs) share several traits: They demand considerable time and effort, facilitate learning outside of the classroom, require meaningful interactions with faculty and students, encourage collaboration with diverse others, and provide frequent and substantive feedback. NSSE founding director George Kuh recommends that institutions should aspire for all students to participate in at least two HIPs over the course of their undergraduate experience—one during the first year and one in the context of their major (NSSE, 2007). 

NSSE asks students about their participation in six HIPs. Unlike most questions on the NSSE survey, the HIP questions are not limited to the current school year. Thus, senior students' responses include participation from prior years.

2018 High-Impact Practices

Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

The Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons report presents item-by-item student responses and statistical comparisons that allow you to examine patterns of similarity and difference between KU students and those at comparison group institutions. The report uses information from all randomly selected or census-administered students.

2018 Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

Multi-Year Report

For institutions participating in multiple NSSE survey administrations since 2013, the year of the last survey update, this report presents year-to-year results for Engagement Indicators (EIs), High-Impact Practices (HIPs), and key academic challenge items to illustrate patterns of change or stability. It also provides details such as number of respondents, standard deviation, and standard error so that statistical tests can be calculated.  

This report contains three main parts: (a) a page that provides a quick reference to important information about each year’s survey administration, (b) multi-year figures, and (c) detailed statistics.

2018 Multi-Year Report

Administration Summary

This report provides an overview of KU's NSSE survey administration, including details about our population and sample, response rates, representativeness of your respondents, survey customization choices, and recruitment message schedule. This information can be useful for assessing data quality and planning future NSSE administrations.


2018 Administration Summary

Respondent Profile

The Respondent Profile presents both student- and institution-reported demographic information, allowing you to examine similarities and differences between KU students and those at comparison group institutions. This report uses information from all randomly selected or census-administered students. The display below highlights important details in the report to keep in mind when interpreting the results. 


2018 Respondent Profile


Selected Comparison Groups

The NSSE Institutional Report displays core survey results for KU students alongside those of three comparison groups. The first comparison group consists of AAU Data Exchange members who participated in the 2017 or 2018 NSSE administration (N=15). The second camparison group includes all other current and prior-year NSSE institutions that share KU's Basic Carnegie Classification (N=45). The final comparison group consists of all U.S. institutions that participated in the 2017 or 2018 NSSE administration (N=943). This report summarizes how KU's comparison groups were constructed and lists the institutions within them.


2018 Selected Comparison Groups

Topical Module - Academic Advising

This module examine's students' experiences with academic advising, including frequency, accessibility, and types of information provided. It also asks students to identify their primary source of advice. The module complements a question on the core survey about the quality of students' interactions with academic advisors.

2018 Topical Module - Academic Advising

Campus Housing

This study examines the relationships between students' residential conditions, their engagement, and ultimately their persistence for first-year and sophomore students attending 75 U.S. institutions. The study combines data from NSSE, a special set of NSSE questions on students' living arrangements, the ACUHO-I Campus Housing Index, and persistence data from the National Student Clearinghouse.

2018 Campus Housing

Major Field Reports

NSSE data serve to identify institutional strengths and weaknesses in reference to selected comparison institutions, yet institution-level comparisons may not capture important variation in student engagement that can be found within key sub-populations such as major. NSSE urges institutions to "look within," calling attention to the need to examine variation in the student experience at your institution. The 10 Major Categories, and the majors that compose each category, chosen by KU are listed here.

2018 Major Field Reports

Click here to see the University of Kansas NSSE results from previous years.

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