ERIC Number: ED482215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Using NSSE Data for Assessment and Institutional Improvement. National Roundtable Series.
In the 2002-2003 academic year, a series of roundtable discussions was conducted to explore uses of data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) for the improvement of student learning. This paper reports on one roundtable, held in June 2003 in Seattle, Washington. Participants included campus officers responsible for student assessment and institutional research and others with experience using NSSE data. The paper summarizes the key points about uses of the data, effective communication strategies, and ideas for further uses of NSSE data. NSSE data are being used to assess the first year experience, assess graduating seniors, and assess student experiences by academic department and major. The data have been embedded in larger improvement initiatives that include accreditation reports and reviews, agendas for improvement, and faculty participation in improvement. Campus leaders are referring to NSSE data in their work, and survey participants have developed good communication strategies to emphasize the portions of NSSE data that are most useful for a designated purpose. Among the suggestions for future uses of NSSE data are: (1) develop a comparison group of institutions; (2) develop a strategy for oversampling; (3) pay close attention to response rates; and (4) enlist student interest in and support of the NSSE survey. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Information Utilization, National Surveys, Research Utilization, Student Evaluation, Student Surveys
For full text: http://www.aahe.org/DEEP/Assessment%20roundtable%20summary.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement