Lessons from the Field
The Lessons from the Field series is a repository of practical ideas for NSSE institutions to improve evidence-based assessment and improvement initiatives.
Volume 1, Using NSSE to Assess and Improve Undergraduate Education: Lessons from the Field (2009) captured the growing body of collective wisdom and emerging lessons about the use of student engagement results to improve educational quality. These accounts serve as instructive and inspirational examples for institutions seeking to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning.
Moving from Data to Action: Lessons from the Field - Volume 2, highlights new examples of how institutions are using NSSE data to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning. The stories illustrate the ways assessment can be a worthwhile undertaking when meaningful data are generated and discussed with a wide campus audience and when NSSE results inform efforts to improve educational effectiveness.
The updated NSSE provides a fresh opportunity to document how institutions use NSSE results. Early lessons about using NSSE 2013 results indicate that redesigned reports, including the Snapshot, are easy to interpret and share, the new Engagement Indicators provide concise summary measures, and results offer institutions new insights into effective practice and opportunities for improvement. A brief summary highlighting how four institutions used their NSSE 2013 results is described in Lessons from the Field: Transitioning to the Updated NSSE.
Understanding how colleges and universities use results and achieve improvements in undergraduate education is important to advancing systemic improvement in higher education. The examples in these volumes encourage institutions to move from collecting data to taking action.
The reports feature in-depth and shorter profiles of institutions that have taken successful approaches to use NSSE data in assessment and to move from data to action. They serve as a repository of practical ideas for NSSE institutions to improve evidence-based assessment and improvement initiatives.
Staff members from the NSSE Institute and doctoral students from NSSE project service teams interviewed college and university educators on how they were utilizing their NSSE, FSSE and BCSSE results. The institutions represent a range of size, Carnegie type, region, locale, and private or public control.
What is your Institution’s NSSE Story
We are always looking for fresh institutional examples of NSSE use. Please share your story about NSSE use, your institutional report, or assessment brief.