ERIC Number: ED480932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Campus Environment as Viewed through the Lens of the National Survey of Student Engagement. Research Report 2003-01.
Belcheir, Marcia J.
This study focused on the climate at Boise State University, Idaho, as measured by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Climate measures included general perceptions of the environment, quality of relationships with other students, faculty, and administrative personnel, the advising experience, and general satisfaction with the university. The survey was administered in 2002 to a random sample of first-year students and seniors. Results were similar to those obtained in 2000. Compared to other institutions, Boise State had low ratings on encouraging contact among students of different economic, social, and racial or ethnic backgrounds. Boise State first-year students also had lower ratings on providing academic and social support compared to other institutions. Perceptions of academic support were mainly related to perceived quality of academic advising. Perceptions of institutional support to help students thrive socially were mainly related to the extent that students felt their experiences at the institution had contributed to the welfare of the community. The addition of comparisons to other urban institutions helped in understanding that Boise States ratings were tied at least in part to the urban institutional setting and the students who attend urban universities. Results did suggest that Boise State could improve in some key climate areas. An appendix contains eight tables of survey data. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID. Office of Institutional Assessment.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement