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National Survey of Student Engagement and Related Surveys

National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) collects information about student participation in programs and activities related to learning and personal development. At the College of Charleston, NSSE is offered as an online survey to all first-year and senior students in the spring semester.

2016 Analytical Reports

  • The NSSE Snapshot (pdf) is a concise collection of key findings that provides the best framework for getting oriented to the components of the Institutional Report and interpreting the College’s results. 
  • The NSSE Administration Summary (pdf) provides an overview of the College’s NSSE administration, including population details and response rates.
  • The NSSE results are organized into ten Engagement Indicators (pdf) to provide valuable information about distinct aspects of student engagement, including statistical comparisons with three comparison groups (College Peers, Southeast Public, and South Carolina) and item-level results. Additionally, NSSE provides results on six High-Impact Practices (pdf).
  • The NSSE Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons (pdf) report presents item-by-item student responses and statistical comparisons that allow for “digging deeper” into the data and examination of patterns between students at the College and those of the comparison groups. 
  • The BCSSE 2015-NSSE 2016 Combined Report (pdf) uses cross-sectional and longitudinal data from BCSSE 2015 and NSSE 2016, providing the opportunity to better understand the first-year experience. 
  • The First-Year Experiences and Senior Transitions Module (pdf) has two sets of items: one for first-year students and one for seniors. The items are adapted from the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement and the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project respectively. 
  • The NSSE consortium is a group of at least six colleges or universities that append questions to the core instrument to explore a topic of mutual interest. This consortium added 20 questions to the core survey to develop a user-friendly assessment system for sustainability education in the Sustainability Education Consortium Report (pdf)

Additional Information

2013 Analytical Reports

2010 Reports

2010 Major Field Reports

Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement 

The Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) collects data about entering college students' high school academic and co-curricular experiences, as well as their expectations for participating in educationally purposeful activities during the first college year. BCSSE administration at the College of Charleston takes place during orientation and is designed to be paired with a NSSE administration at the end of the first college year, providing an in-depth understanding of first-year student engagement on your campus.

2015 Analytical Reports

2012 Analytical Reports 2009 Analytical Reports

Faculty Survey of Student Engagement

The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) is designed to measure faculty expectations for student engagement in educational practices that are empirically linked with high levels of learning and development. All faculty who teach at least one undergraduate course in the academic year in which we are surveying are invited to participate. The College of Charleston uses the course-based version of the instrument, in which faculty members respond to questions about student engagement based on a course taught during the current academic year.  The survey is administered online via email invitation in the spring semester.

2010 Analytical Reports