Quick Facts about NSSE
Assessing (1) the time and effort baccalaureate degree-seeking students (primarily first-year students and seniors) devote to educationally purposeful activities, and (2) what schools are doing to intentionally channel student energy to these activities.
603 colleges and universities participated in NSSE 2010; 1,452 have participated since 2000. Search our database of participating institutions.
363,859 students completed NSSE 2009; 2,321,085 have completed the survey since 2000. Student participation for 2010 will be updated in August.
NSSE was conceived in early 1998 as a new approach to gathering information about collegiate quality on a national basis, using a specially-developed survey of good practices in undergraduate education. NSSE founding director George D. Kuh worked with a national design team chaired by Peter Ewell, National Center for Higher Education Management System.
Launched in 2000 and supported in its development with a generous grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, NSSE is now fully self-supported by institutional participation fees. Our research program has been supported by such organizations and foundations as the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College, Lumina Foundation for Education, the Spencer Foundation, and the Teagle Foundation.