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NSSE 2011

About the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement

Each year the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) asks students to reflect on the time they devote to various learning activities. NSSE results provide a measure of the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices that are linked with learning, personal development, and other desired outcomes such as satisfaction, persistence, and graduation.

To focus discussions about the importance of student engagement and to guide institutional improvement efforts, NSSE created five Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice: Level of Academic Challenge, Active and Collaborative Learning, Student-Faculty Interaction, Enriching Educational Experiences, and Supportive Campus Environment. These five benchmarks measure the level of Winthrop student involvement with coursework, research, public service, technology, internships, global learning and other enriching educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. The benchmarks also measure the quality of relationships Winthrop students report with other students, faculty members and administrative office personnel. Click on the links to the left for Winthrop’s NSSE results in specific benchmark areas.

2011 was the eleventh year in which NSSE was nationally administered and the eighth in which Winthrop participated. Winthrop is using NSSE results to promote academic success through continuous improvement in such areas as critical thinking, communication, global learning, community service, collaborations and partnerships, and technology.

Almost two million first-year and senior students from 751 institutions in the United States and Canada were invited to participate in the 2011 NSSE administration. Of this survey population, 537,605 students participated. At Winthrop University, 278 first-year students and 330 seniors participated. Launched in 2000 by a generous grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, NSSE has been fully supported by institutional participation fees since 2002 (2011 _ Institutional Report).