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National Survey of Student Engagement

UW-Whitewater and the NSSE

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater started participating in the NSSE in 2003. The NSSE collects information from first-year and senior students about the characteristics and quality of their undergraduate experience. NSSE measures the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices that are empirically linked with learning, personal development, and other desired outcomes such as persistence, satisfaction, and graduation. NSSE data are used by faculty, administrators, researchers, and others for institutional improvement, public reporting, and related purposes.

The NSSE is administered by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, which invites all degree-seeking students at participating universities in their first year and their senior year to provide feedback about their college experience. The survey instrument assesses student engagement in both academic and non-academic activities. NSSE results are summarized across ten Engagement Indicators organized within four engagement themes.

More detailed information about NSSE can be found on the NSSE website.


The Snapshot report is a concise collection of key findings from our institution’s NSSE administration. Additional details about these and other results appear in the reports referenced throughout.
2017 |2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2011 | 2010 | 2007

Engagement Indicators

Engagement Indicators (EIs) provide a useful summary of the detailed information contained in the NSSE responses. By combining responses to related NSSE questions, each EI offers valuable information about a distinct aspect of student engagement. Ten indicators, based on three to eight survey questions each, are organized into four broad themes: Academic Challenge, Learning with Peers, Experiences with Faculty, and Campus Environment.
2017 |2016 | 2014 | 2013

High-Impact Practices

The High-Impact Practices report provides information on six HIPs that students are surveyed about. Three are relevant for first-year students and all six are relevant for seniors. Overall HIP participation and response frequencies are included in this report.
2017 |2016 | 2014 | 2013

Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

The Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons report presents item-by-item student responses and statistical comparisons that allow you to examine patterns of similarity and difference between your students and those at your comparison group institutions.
2017 |2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Multi-Year Report

Multi-Year Reports are available to institutions participating in multiple NSSE administrations since 2013, the year of the last survey update. The report presents year-to-year results for Engagement Indicators, High-Impact Practices (HIPs), and key academic challenge items to illustrate patterns of change of stability.
2017 |2016 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008

Respondent Profile

The Respondent Profile presents both student- and institution-reported demographic information, allowing for examination of similarities and differences between UW-W students and those at our comparison group institutions.
2017 |2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Starting in 2013, NSSE allows participating institutions to add up to two topical modules -- short sets of questions on designated topics such as academic advising, civic engagement, diversity on campus, technology, and/or writing.

NSSE topical modules administered at UW-Whitewater:

In addition to topical module questions, UW-Whitewater is a member of the UW comprehensives consortium that submits a short list of additional questions to be included in the NSSE survey every third year.
2017: University of Wisconsin Comprehensives Consortium questions
2014: University of Wisconsin Comprehensives Consortium questions

Academic Challenge
Challenging intellectual and creative work is central to student learning and collegiate quality. Colleges and universities promote student learning by challenging and supporting them to engage in various forms of deep learning. Four Engagement Indicators are part of this theme: Higher-Order Learning, Reflective & Integrative Learning, Learning Strategies, and Quantitative Reasoning.

Learning with Peers
Collaborating with others in mastering difficult material and developing interpersonal and social competence prepare students to deal with complex, unscripted problems they will encounter during and after college. Two Engagement Indicators make up this theme: Collaborative Learning and Discussions with Diverse Others.

Experiences with Faculty
Students learn firsthand how experts think about and solve problems by interacting with faculty members inside and outside of instructional settings. As a result, faculty become role models, mentors, and guides for lifelong learning. In addition, effective teaching requires that faculty deliver course material and provide feedback in student-centered ways. Two Engagement Indicators investigate this theme: Student-Faculty Interaction and Effective Teaching Practices.

Campus Environment
Students benefit and are more satisfied in supportive settings that cultivate positive relationships among students, faculty, and staff. Two Engagement Indicators investigate this theme: Quality of Interactions and Supportive Environment.


Data Visualization

National Survey of Student Engagement Dashboard

National Survey of Student Engagement


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