Office of Institutional Research

West Chester University

887 S. Matlack Street
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2835
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Email: Institutional Research


National Survey of Student Engagement

National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), referred to as "nessie," is a survey of college freshmen and seniors designed to assess how involved students are in practices associated with high levels of learning. The survey is intended to be useful for institutional improvement and for public accountability. Because it is a national survey it provides comparison information of institutions. Questions fall into three broad categories.

  • Institutional actions and requirements: specific items about curriculum (research projects, writing, reading).
  • Student behavior: time spent in/out of class doing various things.
  • Student reactions to college: students' perceptions of quality of own experiences. WCU's administration of the NSSE was entirely web-based.

PASSHE Consortium

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) institutions form a consortium for the NSSE administration. WCU is one of the PASSHE consortium participants. Not all PASSHE consortium participants administer the survey every year.  For example, WCU has administered the survey in 2008, 2010, and then again in 2012.  Consortium participants are allowed to include 20 additional questions on topics not covered by the core NSSE survey, e.g. advising and course availability. Therefore, the summary of our NSSE results includes information that is not part of the regular NSSE survey.

Selected sample of NSSE results at WCU:

NSSE 2013 Pocket Guide Report (PDF)

NSSE 2012 Results and Comparisons 2008/2010/2012 (PPT)

NSSE 2012 Pocket Guide Report (PDF)               

NSSE 2010 Pocket Guide Report (PDF)

NSSE 2008 Pocket Guide Report (PDF)

Using NSSE Data in Student Affairs (PPT)