FAQ

When is the NSSE open?

The survey will be available from February 15 through June 1, 2018

Who is invited to participate?

At KU first-year freshmen, sophomores, and seniors are invited to participate in 2018. 

Why is there a message about NSSE when I log into Blackboard?

We want to make taking the survey as easy as possible for you so a link to the survey was included in Blackboard.

How many emails will I receive to invite me to complete the NSSE?

KU will send a total of seven emails. After you complete the NSSE, you will not receive any additional reminders.

What is student engagement?

Student engagement represents two critical features of collegiate quality. The first is the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities. The second is how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities that decades of research studies show are linked to student learning.

What is the survey about?

Survey items on The College Student Report represent empirically confirmed "good practices" in undergraduate education. That is, they reflect behaviors by students and institutions that are associated with desired outcomes of college. NSSE doesn’t assess student learning directly, but survey results point to areas where colleges and universities are performing well and aspects of the undergraduate experience that could be improved.

What is a "good" response rate?

Response Rate FAQ (pdf)

How many students participate in the NSSE?

517,850 students completed NSSE in 2017. Approximately 6 million students have completed the survey since 2000.

How many institutions participate in the NSSE?

725 colleges and universities participated in NSSE 2017. Over 1,600 have participated since 2000.

Nearly 160 Carnegie-classified research universities (65 “very high” and 92 “high” research activity) have participated in NSSE at least once in the last five years, including 30 Association of American Universities (AAU) member institutions, representing about 76% of all U.S. research universities.


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