ERIC Number: EJ994574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 87
NSSE Benchmarks and Institutional Outcomes: A Note on the Importance of Considering the Intended Uses of a Measure in Validity Studies
Pike, Gary R.
Research in Higher Education, v54 n2 p149-170 Mar 2013
Surveys play a prominent role in assessment and institutional research, and the NSSE College Student Report is one of the most popular surveys of enrolled undergraduates. Recent studies have raised questions about the validity of the NSSE survey. Although these studies have themselves been criticized, documenting the validity of an instrument requires an affirmative finding regarding the adequacy and appropriateness of score interpretation and use. Using national data from NSSE 2008, the present study found that the NSSE benchmarks provided dependable means for 50 or more students and were significantly related to important institutional outcomes such as retention and graduation rates.
Descriptors: National Surveys, Student Surveys, Undergraduate Students, Learner Engagement, Validity, Benchmarking, Graduation Rate, School Holding Power
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement