NSSE Topical Modules
Starting with NSSE 2013, institutions have been able to append topical modules - short sets of questions on designated topics such as academic advising, civic engagement, development of transferable skills, experiences with diverse perspectives, learning with technology, and experiences with writing. Additional modules will be developed over time.
Institutions may add one topical module to the core survey at no charge and select a second module for $150. Institutions asking consortium questions can append no more than one module to the core instrument. The decision to add a second module, or a first module for consortium participants, should be considered carefully. Modules lengthen NSSE’s duration and might result in increased survey abandonment. Please note that respondents will receive module questions before consortium questions.
To review NSSE topical module, click on the following links:
This module examines students' experiences with academic advising, including frequency of use, accessibility, information provided, and primary source of advice.
Adapted from the Degrees of Preparation survey that was developed by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, this module asks students to assess their conflict resolution skills and examines how often students engage with local, state, national, and global issues.
Development of Transferable Skills
Adapted from the Degrees of Preparation survey (American Association of State Colleges and Universities), this module examines engagement in activities that develop useful and transferable skills for the workplace such as verbal and written fluency and analytic inquiry.
Experiences with Diverse Perspectives
This module examines student engagement in activities that promote greater understanding of societal differences. The module complements questions on the core survey about student experiences with people from different backgrounds.
Learning with Technology
Developed in partnership with EDUCAUSE, these questions examine the role of technology in student learning, focusing on student use of technology and perceptions of institutional support.
Experiences with Writing
This module is the result of an ongoing collaboration between NSSE and the Council of Writing Program Administrators. The questions touch on three content areas: interactive writing processes, meaning-making writing tasks, and clarity of writing expectations.
Experiences with Information Literacy
Developed in collaboration with college and university librarians, this module asks students about their use of information and how much their instructors emphasized the proper use of information.
Global Perspectives—Cognitive and Social
NSSE has partnered with the Global Perspective Institute to develop a short module derived from the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI). The module probes the cognitive and social elements of global perspective, asking about student experiences with global learning and their views on intercultural understanding.