ERIC Number: ED464568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the College Experience: National Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice. NSSE 2001 Report. National Survey of Student Engagement: The College Student Report.
Indiana Univ., Bloomington. School of Education.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) annually collects information about key aspects of the undergraduate experience that college and universities can use to improve student learning. The NSSE asks students questions about their campus experiences, focusing on five clusters of activities shown by research to be linked to desired outcomes in college. These are level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment. This report summarizes the first 2 years of this project, which now has information from more than 100,000 first-year and senior students at 470 different universities. Student experiences vary greatly, but findings support some generalizations. Schools of similar sizes differ on the student engagement benchmarks, although students at smaller colleges are generally more engaged than their counterparts attending larger institutions. A worrisome gap exists between the amount of time students spend on educational activities and the amount of time faculty members say they should be spending. Almost all students say that they occasionally ask questions in class, and most (90%) report working on projects with other students in class at least occasionally. Two-thirds of all seniors are involved in community service and volunteer work, and 72% participate in internships. Among the disappointing findings are that about one-fifth of students say that the institution gives little emphasis to studying and spending time on academic work, and 45% of students have never discussed ideas from their classes or readings with a faculty member outside of class. Three appendixes contain a list of supporting materials on the NSSE Web site, a chart of relationships among institutional reputation, resources, and NSSE benchmarks, and a list of participating institutions. (SLD)
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Educational Experience, Higher Education, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, School Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Undergraduate Students
For full text: http://www.indiana.edu/~nsse.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Menlo Park, CA.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. School of Education.