NSSE delivers a variety of descriptive and statistical results to participating institutions that compare their students’ responses with students from three customized comparison groups. The Institutional Report was thoroughly redesigned to accompany the update to the NSSE survey. On this page are links to the sample report, information about the selection of comparison groups, technical information, and a sampling of institutional results displayed on selected institution Web sites.
The Institutional Report contains the redesigned NSSE results, as well as updated results for FSSE and BCSSE participants. The report also includes an Overview and supporting resources. NSSE’s participation agreements preclude us from publicly reporting institution-specific results, but we have created a sample report for review. Your institution’s actual Institutional Report is available to authorized persons via the password-protected Institution Interface.
Each year the NSSE Overview summarizes the characteristics of participating institutions and students, how representative they are among all institutions and students in the US, and average response rates. It also summarizes Canadian participation in a separate section.
Selection of Comparison Groups
The NSSE report displays each institution’s results alongside those of three customizable comparison groups. Institutions complete a secure form on our Web site to identify relevant and appropriate peers from the available pool of NSSE participants. For more, see Customizing Your NSSE Institutional Report: Selecting Comparison Groups or view the Webinar, Tips on Maximizing the Value of Your NSSE Institutional Report.
The NSSE report is designed so a general audience can read and understand it, but institutional researchers and others may want technical details about the various adjustments and computations made with the data.
Public Reporting of NSSE Results
NSSE encourages public reporting of engagement results in ways that increase understanding of college quality and that support institutional improvement efforts. NSSE is involved with a voluntary effort to release results as part of the Voluntary System of Accountability. Read NSSE's Public Reporting of Student Engagement Results for a fuller discussion of our position.
Institutional Web Site Examples
Many colleges and universities have posted NSSE results on their Web sites. These institutional Web sites go a step further by displaying NSSE results in institutionally modified, accessible formats designed for different audiences.