Executive Summary
Results from the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Office of Institutional Analysis, October 2010

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a national survey of freshmen and seniors designed to measure the extent to which those students are engaged in educationally effective practices. The survey was launched in 2001, and GVSU has participated in 2005, 2007, and 2010. The survey measures engagement in five broad areas, plus self-assessments of growth and satisfaction.

GVSU change over time: (Highlighting indicates scores that improved significantly from the previous measure.)

Benchmark Scales:

First-year students

2005

2007

2010

Level of Academic Challenge

49.5

50.8

53.4

Active and Collaborative Learning

38.3

38.9

40.7

Student-Faculty Interaction

29.3

28.5

31.0

Enriching Educational Experiences

24.6

24.7

25.0

Supportive Campus Environment

57.2

60.4

62.7

Seniors

Level of Academic Challenge

54.9

55.9

57.1

Active and Collaborative Learning

49.0

50.8

50.9

Student-Faculty Interaction

39.3

39.8

39.1

Enriching Educational Experiences

37.0

39.3

41.2

Supportive Campus Environment

53.6

56.0

56.9

 

Selected growth and satisfaction items:

First-year students

2005

2007

2010

Growth in General Education

3.14

3.24

3.31

Growth in Writing

2.92

3.03

3.11

Growth in Critical Thinking

3.05

3.17

3.26

Satisfaction with Advising

2.90

2.90

3.03

Overall Satisfaction

3.16

3.24

3.26

Seniors

Growth in General Education

3.18

3.24

3.32

Growth in Writing

3.08

3.12

3.15

Growth in Critical Thinking

3.27

3.34

3.36

Satisfaction with Advising

2.68

2.76

2.76

Overall Satisfaction

3.19

3.24

3.24

 

 

 

Comparison to peers (2010): (highlighting indicates score is significantly higher than that of comparison group.)

Peers include:

         Boise State University

         California State University Chico

         Eastern Illinois University

         Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

         University of Nebraska at Omaha

         University of Northern Iowa

         University of Wisconsin Whitewater

         Youngstown State University

 

Benchmark Scales:

First-year students

GVSU

Peers

Level of Academic Challenge

53.4

51.8

Active and Collaborative Learning

40.7

42.0

Student-Faculty Interaction

31.0

32.4

Enriching Educational Experiences

25.0

24.9

Supportive Campus Environment

62.7

59.6

Seniors

Level of Academic Challenge

57.1

56.0

Active and Collaborative Learning

50.9

51.7

Student-Faculty Interaction

39.1

40.8

Enriching Educational Experiences

41.2

38.2

Supportive Campus Environment

56.9

57.2

 

Selected growth and satisfaction items:

First-year students

GVSU

Peers

Growth in General Education

3.31

3.13

Growth in Writing

3.11

2.99

Growth in Critical Thinking

3.26

3.15

Satisfaction with Advising

3.03

3.00

Overall Satisfaction

3.26

3.14

Seniors

Growth in General Education

3.32

3.18

Growth in Writing

3.15

3.05

Growth in Critical Thinking

3.36

3.29

Satisfaction with Advising

2.76

2.81

Overall Satisfaction

3.24

3.15