Using NSSE in Institutional Research: New Directions for Institutional Research

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Student engagement in now part of the higher education lexicon in North America. This volume explains the value and relevance of the construct, with an emphasis on how results from the national Survey of Student Engagement have been used for various purposes.

Because process indicators are often used as proxy measures for institutional quality, the chapter authors discuss how student engagement data can help colleges and universities satisfy the demand for more evidence, ...

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Overview

Student engagement in now part of the higher education lexicon in North America. This volume explains the value and relevance of the construct, with an emphasis on how results from the national Survey of Student Engagement have been used for various purposes.

Because process indicators are often used as proxy measures for institutional quality, the chapter authors discuss how student engagement data can help colleges and universities satisfy the demand for more evidence, accountability, and transparency of student and institutional performance.

Chapters discuss:

  1. The National Survey of Student Engagement: Conceptual and Empirical Foundations
  2. The Use of Engagement Data in Accreditation, Planning, and Assessment
  3. Analyzing and Interpreting NSSE Data
  4. The Role of Precollege Data in Assessing and Understanding Student Engagement in College
  5. Effectively Involving Faculty in the Assessment of Student Engagement
  6. Converting Engagement Results into Action
  7. Toward Relfective Accountability: Using NSSE for Accountability and Transparency
  8. NSSE, Organizational Intelligence, and the Institutional Researcher

The widespread uses of student engagement results have helped to increase the visibility and importance of campus assessment efforts and of institutional researchers, who provide campus leaders with objective, trustworthy data about student and institutional performance.

This is the 141st volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Institutional Research. Always timely and comprehensive, New Directions for Institutional Research provides planners and administrators in all types of academic institutions with guidelines in such areas as resource coordination, information analysis, program evaluation, and institutional management.

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EDITORS'NOTES (Robert M. Gonyea, George D. Kuh).

1. The National Survey of Student Engagement: Conceptual and Empirical Foundations (George D. Kuh)
This chapter summarizes the history of the engagement concept in American higher education, including the development of the National Survey of Student Engagement and its impact on institutional researchers.

2. The Use of Engagement Data in Accreditation, Planning, and Assessment (Trudy W. Banta, Gary R. Pike, Michele J. Hansen)
Student engagement data can be used to meet both external reporting requirements and internal planning needs using a cyclical model of assessment that creates an institutional culture of decision making based on evidence.

3. Analyzing and Interpreting NSSE Data (Pu-Shih Daniel Chen, Robert M. Gonyea, Shimon A. Sarraf, Allison BrckaLorenz, Ali Korkmaz, Amber D. Lambert, Rick Shoup, Julie M. Williams)
The authors share practical tips and recommendations for analyzing student engagement data, including considerations for working with multiple years of data and interpreting effect sizes.

4. The Role of Precollege Data in Assessing and Understanding Student Engagement in College (James S. Cole, Marianne Kennedy, Michael Ben-Avie)
Precollege student data on academic abilities, attitudes, and engagement help institutions understand their new students and assess firstyear programs. This chapter provides examples of how academic and student affairs have used the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement to promote student learning and development.

5. Effectively Involving Faculty in the Assessment of Student Engagement (Thomas F. Nelson Laird, Robert Smallwood, Amanda Suniti Niskodé-Dossett, Amy K. Garver)
This chapter promotes the involvement of faculty in institutional research efforts by describing four roles faculty can play in the assessment of student engagement.

6. Converting Engagement Results into Action (Jillian Kinzie, Barbara S. Pennipede)
The authors highlight how institutions can effectively use NSSE results to implement positive change on campus and suggest how institutional research can partner with others in the campus community to use data to inform action.

7. Toward Reflective Accountability: Using NSSE for Accountability and Transparency (Alexander C. McCormick)
Conveying a vision of accountability rooted in professional responsibility, the author observes how assessment tools like NSSE offer several ways that institutions can respond to demands for accountability and transparency, and discusses important considerations associated with the public reporting of engagement data.

8. NSSE, Organizational Intelligence, and the Institutional Researcher (Robert M. Gonyea, George D. Kuh)
This chapter places the main points in this volume in an organizational intelligence framework in order to help institutional researchers productively use NSSE and other student engagement tools.

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