As reported in the 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, results from the 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) indicated that 91% of seniors reported having “very much” or “quite a bit” of confidence in their ability to complete tasks requiring critical thinking and analysis of arguments and information. In addition to Critical and Creative Thinking, results from the 2017 NSSE also provided indirect evidence of student learning on Quantitative Reasoning, Communication, Diversity, and Depth, Breadth & Integration of Learning at the first-year and senior levels. 

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about first-year and senior student participation in activities and programs that promote their learning and personal development. NSSE assesses the extent to which students engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development. At WSU, NSSE is offered to all first-year and senior students on all WSU campuses every other spring. With the census administration, students are recruited via email (i.e., students receive a survey invitation and reminders by email). The Office of Institutional Research (IR) coordinates the administration of NSSE at WSU.

In 2017, 1,205 seniors and 1,175 first-year students responded to the survey at WSU. The WSU response rate was 22% for seniors and 27% for first-year students, compared to the average national response rate of 22% for participating institutions with undergraduate enrollments of 10,000 or more.

NSSE provides participating institutions with a variety of reports — WSU’s current and historic NSSE results are available on IR’s NSSE survey webpage. In 2017, questions on the NSSE survey provided indirect evidence of student learning on five of the WSU Learning Goals at the first-year and senior levels (Critical & Creative Thinking, Quantitative Reasoning, Communication, Diversity, and Depth, Breadth & Integration of Learning) — see the 2017 NSSE Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, for a summary of selected NSSE results mapped to the WSU Learning Goals. 

As with any voluntary survey, response rates and the presence of non-response bias should be considered when evaluating NSSE results. Low response rates present a concern regarding the accuracy of the results as low response rates may impact how representative the results are. In other words, there is concern that those who did not respond (non-respondents) may have different views than those who did respond and therefore the results are not representative of the entire group.

For additional information, see the National Survey of Student Engagement Key Assessment page.