NSSE delivers a variety of descriptive and statistical reports 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. With extensive use of color and graphics, the new reports are designed to be shared widely.
The Snapshot provides a concise and easy-to-digest summary of key results, with further details provided in the Engagement Indicators and High-Impact Practices reports. The new Engagement Indicators and measures of participation in high-impact practices replace the former NSSE Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice. Item-by-item frequencies and means for your institution and comparison groups are now provided side-by-side in the downloadable Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons report. The User Resources section introduces materials such as Accreditation Toolkits, Webinars, and the Guide to Online Resources to assist in the interpretation, dissemination, and use of NSSE results.
Below are links to sample reports, information about the selection of comparison groups, technical information, and a sampling of institutional results displayed on selected institution Web sites.
The report, NSSE Annual Results is released in November.
The Institutional Report contains the redesigned NSSE reports, an Overview, and supporting resources sent to participating colleges and universities. NSSE’s participation agreements preclude us from publicly reporting institution-specific results, but we have created a sample report for review. Actual Institutional Reports are 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
NSSE reports display 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.
NSSE reports are designed so a general audience can read and understand them, 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.