Yes, NSSE, short for The National Survey of Student
Engagement is coming to JSU for the second time. And it will soon hit our
campus and 774 other colleges and universities in the US and Canada.
Although it may be shorter than some surveys, NSSE packs a
big punch in terms of its potential to improve the quality of undergraduate
education at JSU and elsewhere. NSSE asks the questions that matter to student
learning and institutional effectiveness, such as: How much reading and writing
is required? How often do students interact with other students who are from
different backgrounds and cultures? How good is the academic advising? How many
students work with faculty members on research and other activities?
is interested in knowing how and where students spend their time, the nature
and quality of their interactions with faculty members and peers, and what they
have gained from their classes and other aspects of their college experience.
JSU will use the data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience
inside and outside the classroom that can be improved through changes in
policies and practices more consistent with good practice in undergraduate
education. This information, available on USA TODAY and US News web sites, is also used by prospective college students,
their parents, college counselors, academic advisers, institutional research
officers, and researchers in learning more about the link between student
engagement and a high quality undergraduate experience. The survey is kind of like an anonymous
suggestion box and those who can make changes for the better will hear from the
broad cross-section of freshmen and seniors who were randomly selected to
participate. The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete via the
The NSSE project is co-sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of Teaching and the Pew Forum on Undergraduate Learning.
It’s administered by the Center for Survey Research at
and supported in part by a grant from Lumina Foundation for Education. At
NSSE is sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA), the Office of
the President and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA).
Look for more information displayed around campus with
brightly colored posters, table toppers and hand-outs. Take 15 minutes out of your day and complete
the survey. You’ll be automatically
entered into a drawing for an iPod Touch or JSU backpack. JSU will award three iPod Touches and 100 JSU
backpacks. Check out the OIRA’s website for more information, http://www.jsu.edu/depart/oira/ or
contact the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, 782-8144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.