ERIC Number: EJ785268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Validating NSSE against Student Outcomes: Are They Related?
Gordon, Jonathan; Ludlum, Joe; Hoey, J. Joseph
Research in Higher Education, v49 n1 p19-39 Feb 2008
While there exist many examples of institutional use of the results of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), there is a relative paucity of research explicitly linking student outcomes to responses on the survey. A major Doctoral-Extensive institution in the Southeast recently conducted a large-scale implementation of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). We have linked multiple years of NSSE responses to several student outcomes: freshman retention, GPA, pursuit of graduate education, and employment outcome upon commencement/degree conferral. Our research finds minimal explanatory power in the NSSE benchmarks for these outcomes. A statistically derived model from the individual NSSE items shows greater promise, although there are difficulties in replicating the model for previous student cohorts.
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Grade Point Average, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Outcomes of Education, Retention (Psychology), College Freshmen
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement