Data and Results Guides
A variety of resources are available to help institutions make good use of their NSSE results:
Accreditation Toolkits provide suggestions for using NSSE results as evidence to support your institution's regional and professional accreditation efforts.
Although the new NSSE reports and resources for creating customized reports are designed to increase data use, determining how best to engage campus audiences and influence campus action can be challenging. The redesigned NSSE Data User’s Guide outlines strategies, and outlines topics for consideration when communicating results, and provides worksheets with exercises to facilitate the use of NSSE data for accountability, assessment, and improvement.
A step-by-step instruction manual for institutional leaders who facilitate workshops or discussion sessions with campus stakeholders on understanding, interpreting, and taking action on NSSE data.
Examples and advice compiled from the collective experience of participating NSSE schools.
The Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP), created by the Lumina Foundation for Education , lays out a set of outcomes that students should be able to achieve in five primary areas of competence regardless of major or field of study. A matrix, developed by experts in higher education, provides a set of outcomes for student performance appropriate for specific degree levels through statements that indicate the incremental and cumulative nature of learning. The NSSE DQP Toolkit provides institutions an outcomes-based framework for considering NSSE results and maps NSSE survey items from 2006-2012 to the Degree Profile Matrix Criteria.
A step-by-step guide to using cognitive interviews and focus groups to provide a more contextualized understanding of your students' responses.
Points to keep in mind as you make your comparison group selections for your Institutional Report.
Through Project DEEP, the NSSE Institute documented how educationally effective colleges and universities promote student success. A variety of publications and practice briefs were produced to assist institutions concerned about using NSSE results to enhance student engagement.
Analysis and proposed reference values for interpreting NSSE benchmark comparison effect sizes.
Recommendations on how to work with data from multiple survey administrations. Electronic files are also available to aid in common multi-year data analyses related tasks such as:
1) Tracking year-to-year variable changes
2) Merging institutional data from multiple survey administrations