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NSSE 2014

About the 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE 2.0)

NSSE collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in activities and programs that promote learning and personal development. NSSE results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending their college or university. NSSE version 2.0 was launched in 2013 following a multi-year process to improve survey item clarity, refine existing measures, and incorporate new measures associated with teaching and learning. Winthrop was an invited participant during pilot testing of NSSE 2.0. Winthrop uses its NSSE results to promote academic success and identify opportunities to continually improve learning. In recent years, Winthrop used its NSSE results to support global learning, community service, and civic engagement initiatives. NSSE results help the university evaluate learning associated with Winthrop’s University Level Competencies and the quality of relationships Winthrop students report with other students, faculty members, and campus professionals in academic student support services.

To see Winthrop’s 2014 NSSE results and compare them with national NSSE results from 2013 and 2014, click the links in the left sidebar.

What is new in NSSE 2.0?

NSSE 2.0 themes replaced NSSE 1.0 benchmarks. Themes are defined in terms of Engagement Indicators.

Engagement Indicators
Academic Challenge
Learning with Peers
Experiences with Faculty
Campus Environment

One NSSE benchmark, Enriching Educational Experiences, was replaced with High Impact Practices (HIPS) in NSSE 2.0. HIPS are related to employer-desired skills such as critical and creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork, personal and social responsibility, and appreciation for diversity. HIPS include special undergraduate opportunities that have positive effects on student learning and retention such as research with faculty members, internships, service learning, study abroad, and culminating senior experiences. See G. D. Kuh & K. O’Donnell, Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale, AAC&U, 2013.