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14 February 2008

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is Coming to JSU Again

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?

Jacksonville State University 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 Internet.

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 Indiana University and supported in part by a grant from Lumina Foundation for Education.  At Jacksonville State University, 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, or contact the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, 782-8144 or

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