Office of Institutional
October 26, 2009
The National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE) is the best known national project for measuring student engagement. The survey, administered by the Indiana Center for Postsecondary Research, measures the extent to which students engage in practices understood to be effectively linked with learning outcomes, personal development, student satisfaction, and graduation. Students actively involved in both academic and out-of-class activities have been found to gain more from the college experience than those who are not involved. In the spring of 2009, 1,873 first-year (FY) students and 1,452 senior (SR) students were invited to participate in NSSE at UND. 528 FY students and 425 SR students responded to the survey, for a response rate of 29%. This was the fifth time UND has participated in NSSE.
UND results in 2009 show promise, as increases are seen in the raw score for each of the five benchmark areas over the scores recorded in 2007. UND results, however, lag the benchmark means scored by respondents from research universities with high activity (RU/H) for all categories with the lone exception of Supportive Campus Environment .