Survey gauges engagement

SVSU will complete its third National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

NSSE is a nation wide standardized survey of student engagement and experience. It takes about 15 minutes to complete online. All freshmen and seniors are invited to take it.

“NSSE is a survey that evaluates and assesses a variety of a student’s engagement experience on campus,” said Josh Ode, the associate vice president of Academic Affairs.

Nicholas Wagner, the director of Institutional Research, said NSSE measures two critical features of collegiate quality.

“It’s looking at the amount of time and effort that students are putting into their studies,” he said. “The second thing it measures is how the institution deploys its resources and organizes learning opportunities to get students to participate in. Decades of research shows it’s linked to student learning.”

The survey breaks down questions into five categories: participation in educationally purposeful activities, institutional requirements and the challenging nature of coursework, perceptions of the college environment, estimates of educational and personal growth since starting college and background and demographic information.

With the survey results, SVSU can benchmark itself against other institutions.

“We have some ability to decide who we’re going to compare ourselves to,” Ode said. “We will compare ourselves nationally to everyone who has taken the survey. We will compare ourselves to other institutions like ours.”

In the past, SVSU has made improvements based on the survey.

They created additional events for the Center of Community Engagement, such as the Cards Vote initiative.

“We also use the data to showcase some of the things we are doing well, and we market that to students and folks,” Ode said. “I think it’s what makes us unique as an institution.”

Reported form Kaitlyn Farley, Vanguard Editor-in-Chief

Kaitlyn Farley

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