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Step 1: Choose survey administration method
Step 2: Institution provides information and materials to NSSE
Step 3: NSSE contacts students and collects surveys
Step 4: NSSE conducts follow-up with students

Step 1: Choose survey administration method

Look at our comparison of survey modes for more information about choosing your survey administration mode.


Step 2: Institution provides information and materials to NSSE

Note: Once NSSE receives these materials, we do the rest.

 

Step 3: NSSE contacts students and collects surveys

NSSE selects a random sample (½ first year and ½ seniors) of students from the student population data file based upon undergraduate enrollment. In February to March, selected students receive either a personalized letter on your college letterhead, a copy of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and postage-paid reply envelope, or a mailed announcement followed by an electronic invitation to complete the Web version of the NSSE. When students are finished completing the survey (typically 15 minutes or less), they submit their responses directly to NSSE.

 

Step 4: NSSE conducts follow-up with students

NSSE works with Indiana University Center for Survey Research to track survey returns and conducts follow-up procedures with non-respondents. Non-respondents receive a postcard or e-mail follow-up, then a second survey with a personalized letter, or an e-mail message with a link to the survey and log-in information, followed by additional e-mail reminders to complete the survey.

Another way that NSSE attempts to improve response rates is by giving all students at both paper and Web-only institutions the ability to complete the survey on-line. The URL address of the Web-based version of the NSSE is included in all correspondence to students.