Moving From Data to Action:
Lessons from the Field–Volume 2
The Lessons from the Field series serves as 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. Over the last several years, the use of NSSE results has expanded, affording another occasion to highlight institutional use in a second volume.
Moving from Data to Action: Lessons from the Field - Volume 2, we highlight 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
- use NSSE results to inform efforts to improve educational effectiveness
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.