The National Survey of Student Engagement

What is NSSE?

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a national survey that offers universities and colleges insight into how actively engaged students are academically and socially.  NSSE is conducted by the Indiana University Survey Research Centre on behalf of the NSSE Institute. NSSE is a widely used benchmark tool for assessing the effectiveness of undergraduate education and to inform strategic planning decisions.

The survey is designed to measure the amount of time and effort students dedicate to their studies and other educational activities, and the extent to which the university facilitates such involvement. Student feedback provides critical information to decision-makers about the quality of these programs and services. Through continuous reevaluation, NSSE results are used as part of quality assurance process to help improve students’ overall educational experience at MTSU.

Additionally, the NSSE Institute provides survey results for MTSU and a number of customized reports that compare MTSU students with similar groups in other institutions. The Institute also publishes an annual report discussing trends in student engagement nationwide.

Why should you complete the NSSE?

Help shape the future of MTSU!

NSSE is important because it gives MTSU students the opportunity to provide feedback regarding their experience, which can help us make the learning experience better! Responses from MTSU student are compared to similar institutions nationwide. This allows MTSU administrators and faculty to identify ways academic and student support programs can be strengthened. Identifying and addressing gaps in services offered to our students increases the likelihood of academic success for current and future students.

What is student engagement?

Student engagement represents two critical features of collegiate quality. The first is the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities. The second is how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities that decades of research studies show are linked to student learning. 

About the survey tool

The Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University’s School of Education administers NSSE, in partnership with the Indiana University Center for Survey Research. Completed in about 15 minutes, the online survey represents a census or a random sample of first-year and senior students. Institutions may append to the core survey up to two Topical Modules, permitting deeper examination of particular interest areas.

NSSE targeted population

NSSE is designed to capture the experiences of all bachelor's degree-seeking students classified as first-year students or graduating seniors, not only full-time students in the traditional 18- to 24-year-old age range.

Traditional age students and adult learners

  • Full-time and part-time students
  • Commuters and on-campus residents
  • Distance education and online students
  • Students from all campuses and institutions sharing the same IPEDS number 

Excluded groups

  • Students enrolled in profession al programs such as pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc., t hat terminate as master's or doctoral degrees without earning a bachelor's degree along the way. Students on branch campuses associated with a different IPEDS 

First-Year Students (further defined): 

The required first-year student population is intentionally broader than the first-time, first-year student definition used on some campuses. Include all students classified as first-year students according to cumulative credit hours earned.

  • All students must be (a) enrolled in the fall 2018 semester and (b) expected to be classified as first-year students in spring 2019 according to your institution's official records.
  • Include any fall 2018 credit hours being attempted or earned in this calculation but, if possible, exclude any
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits or other college credits earned prior to completing high

Seniors (further defined)                                                                                                  

Senior students (i.e., those in the final year before degree) must be (a) enrolled during fall 2018 and (b) considered a probable graduate for spring or summer 2019. For most institutions, seniors will be within 6 to 8 courses of graduation (based on semesters) at the time the population file is created, but use your own institutional guidelines to determine likely graduating seniors.

NSSE Findings

Engagement Insights: Survey Findings on the Quality of Undergraduate Education

Engagement InsightsCollege students’ readiness for work varies by their major and their use of career resources, national survey finds.

My most significant learning experience at this institution has been the undergraduate research I’ve been doing for the past three years as it ties into my course work and a career I want post grad.

At a time when a college degree and employability are increasingly intertwined, 93% of seniors believe what they are learning in college is relevant to their career paths, according to new survey results released by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), based at the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington. In addition, most seniors are highly confident in their career and post-college plans. Notably, confidence is positively related to conversations about career interests with professionals in the field, academic advisors, and family members. Yet while most colleges and universities seek to help their students prepare for success in the workplace, only about half of seniors avail themselves of these resources during their final year. 

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Prizes / Drawings

  • 3 Study abroad scholarships
  • 3 iPads
  • 3 White parking decals
  • and more