The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), referred to as "nessie," is a survey of college first-year students 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.
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: