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).