The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE, FAQs) is administered at Youngstown State every other year (most recently in Spring 2016). Directed at first-year and senior students, it is used to discern various aspects of student engagement and the college experience that a university offers. This includes things like time and effort spent on academics, free time activities, campus life, and the types of interactions with other students, faculty, and the surrounding community. While it does not directly assess student learning and teaching methodologies, it does represent "best practices" for undergraduate education that have been empirically linked to successful outcomes and better experiences for college students. The data the survey provides is then utilized by the university to:
- Assess and improve undergraduate education
- Inform accountability and accreditation efforts
- Tailor programming to better suit the needs of students
NSSE Overview Webinar (2016)
Upcoming Lunch & Learn: NSSE Data Conversations
These hour-long facilitated discussions focus on specific NSSE data points and will provide the opportunity to dive deeper into topic areas and generate recommendations for practice. Summaries of recommendations from sessions will be shared with key stakeholders.
- March 15, 2017, 12:30-1:30, Jones 3049 – Global Learning and International Experiences - Click to download discussion notes from session (Word document). Click to download presentation from session (PowerPoint document).
- March 22, 2017, 12:30-1:30, Jones 3049 –First Year Experiences & Senior Transitions - Click to download discussion notes from session (Word document). Click to download presentation from session (PowerPoint document).
- March 29, 2017, 12:30-1:30, Jones 3049 – Experiences with Faculty - Click to download discussion notes from session (Word document). Click to download presentation from session (PowerPoint document).
- April 5, 2017, 12:30-1:30, Jones 3049 – Learning with Peers - Click to download discussion notes from session (Word document). Click to download presentation from session (PowerPoint document).
- April 12, 2017, 12:30-1:30, Jones 3049 – Campus Environment - Click to download discussion notes from session (Word document). Click to download presentation from session (PowerPoint document).
- April 19, 2017, 12:30-1:30, Jones 3049 – Academic Challenge - Click to download discussion notes from session (Word document). Click to download presentation from session (PowerPoint document).
- April 26, 2017, 12:30-1:30, Jones 3049 – Diverse Conversations and Experiences - Click to download discussion notes from session (Word document). Click to download presentation from session (PowerPoint document).
Response Rate (2016)
YSU's response rate for first-year and senior students is higher than the peer institution* response rate and the national NSSE response rate. Click here for information on how to interpret survey response rates.
|First-Year Students||Senior Students|
|YSU Number of Respondents||475||642|
|YSU Response Rate||25%||28%|
|Peer Institution*/National Response Rate||17%/22%||23%/24%|
* Using a distance analysis, 23 institutions were designated as peer institutions. The 23 institutions are similar to YSU in terms of campus characteristics and student characteristics (i.e. percentage of campus budget spent on research, total enrollment, percentage of students living on campus). The peer institution group is used for the purpose of understanding and comparing data.
- 2016 NSSE Survey (click to download)
- Topical Module: Global Learning (click to download)
- Topical Module: First-Year Experiences & Senior Transitions (click to download)
Timeline: Sharing Results (2016-2017)
- NSSE Snapshot Report shared publicly (click to download)
- NSSE Data Overview Webinar posted (video embedded above or click to watch)
- Full NSSE Report shared with senior administration
January 2017 - March 2017
- NSSE overview workshops hosted for major campus groups
- College-level/Office-level reports provided to deans/interested parties
March 2017 - May 2017
- "Lunch and Learn" type-format workshops focused on specific NSSE themes. The intent of these workshops is to share data and gather feedback on how to improve practice and promote student engagement. Wednesdays, March 15th - April 26th. Discussion notes shared publicly.
- Specific topic area presentations requested by campus constituents.
May 2017 - June 2017
- Report-builder training and access offered to interested parties
- Recommendations to senior administration based on data analysis and discussion across campus.
Taking Action with the NSSE Data
The Office of Assessment (OOA) is implementing a multifaceted approach to sharing and acting on NSSE 2016 data that includes campus stakeholders at all levels. In addition to the dissemination timeline activities above, during Spring 2017 OOA will be partnering with graduate students in the Student Affairs & College Counseling program to create continuous improvement research projects around specific challenge areas in the NSSE data. OOA is also piloting the start of a NSSE Data Team. This team of 12-15 includes campus representatives from various offices/programs across campus who volunteered to participate in discussion around the NSSE data. The findings from these continuous improvement projects will be shared through various other methods in Spring/Summer 2017.
Student Affairs & College Counseling Student Presentation Schedule:
Please RSVP at this link.
- Volunteerism & Civic Engagement - April 27, 4-5PM – The presentation will explore YSU student perspectives of volunteerism and identify barriers to involvement. This is to provide a better understanding for YSU to offer more effective civic engagement opportunities.
- Co-Curricular Involvement - May 1, 12-1PM - The presentation will identify (from a sample of first year students) an average number of hours per week that students are spending in co-curricular activities, as well as barriers to regular co-curricular involvement.
- Global Learning - May 1, 4-5PM – The presentation will explore how YSU faculty implement global learning in the classroom, examining the inclusion of global learning, barriers that exist when it comes to incorporation in the classroom, and strategies YSU can use to encourage student engagement in international issues.
- Discussions with Diverse Others - May 2, 12-1PM - The presentation will explore the lack of diverse engagement, originally presented by the spring 2016 NSSE data, and further explore the freshman students at YSU to gain a better understanding of factors surrounding this issue. The focus is to share survey results from freshman students that are members of underrepresented groups at YSU and identify any themes within /between the two sets of data.
- Peer Leaders & Diversity - May 2, 4-5PM - The aim of this project is to examine Peer Leader's perceived preparedness to work with diverse first-year students. It is hoped that through this project, potential suggestions may be made to improve student leader trainings to enhance diverse relationships throughout campus
- CLASS Seniors Job Readiness - May 3, 12-1PM – The presentation aims to explore how CLASS graduating seniors perceive job readiness as they prepare to enter the workforce and how they feel YSU has primed them for their future goals.