NSSE Results, 2014

Results for last year’s National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) are in and they look pretty good for USAO. I have uploaded a report for those brave souls that want to see some of the details (link below). For the rest of your, I thought I would provide a brief overview of these results.


What is NSSE?

NSSE is a survey administered to college and university freshman and seniors all over the United States and Canada. The idea behind this survey is to get a decent estimate of collegiate quality. To the extent that students at a given institution work on more rigorous assignments, collaborate with faculty and participate in enriched academic and social activities, schools vary in academic quality. For more depth on the nature of NSSE and what it measures, please see the official NSSE 2014 Results Report, or check out last year’s discussion on the topic.

In order to put USAO’s academic quality into some sort of context, I have created a few comparison, or benchmark groupings. The first of these is the Oklahoma Public group. Schools from our own state of Oklahoma with public governance (and funding) are included in this group. That is, assuming they participated in NSSE this year. I use these schools as a basis for comparison, not just because we have the same boss (the Oklahoma taxpayer), but also because current USAO students would likely have selected one of these schools had they not elected (wisely) to enroll here. This is a pretty decent way to figure out if that decision was a good one. Spoiler alert: It was.

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Contest Winner – NSSE #3

Laney Reason won a Google Chromecast digital streaming device for replying to our NSSE survey! The NSSE helps the university decide what it should focus on to better help students enjoy their experience. To learn more about the survey see this page and to learn about the results from previous years see this page.

photo by Daniel Pool

photo by Daniel Pool

For a chance to win your own fabulous prize, check your student email, look for our posters in the hallways, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Institutional Research and Assessment Activity

Over the past few days I have developed a few visuals to help communicate exactly what we do for the USAO community. Thought these tables weren’t originally developed for this blog, I realized they might be informational after I finished distributing them to the original audience. So, I have tweaked them a bit for use in this blog. Continue reading →

NSSE 2013 Results: Campus Environment

The final NSSE sub-scale included in the 2013 results report focuses on measuring student perceptions of their social environment. As before, this sub-scale is divided into two different dimensions.

Quality of Interactions

The first dimension reported for the campus environment sub-scale is composed of items asking respondents to provide general estimates of their satisfaction with key university groups. These groups include faculty, advisors, other students and various types of staff. Figure 17 summarizes results for first year students. Examination of the averages for each comparison group suggests that USAO first year students have a more positive evaluation of their interactions with others than their counterparts at each of the comparison groups. Indeed, this is supported statistical analysis as USAO scores in this category are significantly higher than those of every other comparison group.

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NSSED 2013 Results: Experiences With Faculty

Experiences With Faculty is the NSSE sub-scale pertaining to the perceived quality of interactions between those two prominent groups on any university campus. This sub-scale is divided into two different dimensions dependent upon the context of the interaction.

Student- Faculty Interaction

The first dimension considered encompasses all social interactions students might have with faculty. These social exchanges may take place in the classroom, but may also take place in a faculty office, during an extracurricular activity, or any other social context.

Figure 13 summarizes the results from first-year students. Overall, these students rated the quality of these interactions just below the scale midpoint or 30. Though USAO seems to have a slightly more positive score than our 3 comparison groups included in the report, these differences are not statistically significant.

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NSSE 2013 Results: Learning With Peers

Today I review the NSSE 2013 results for the Learning With Peers sub scale. This section of the survey asks students to rate the extent to which their university offers opportunities to work with their classmates as part of the learning experience. The sub scale is divided into two (2) dimensions: Collaborative Learning and Discussions With Diverse Others.

Collaborative Learning

Figure 9 displays the average Collaborative Learning score for USAO and each of our comparison groups (for more information about these groups, visit NSSE 2013 Results: Academic Challenge). Analysis failed to uncover any statistically significant differences between these groups. In fact, the same can be said for senior scores for this dimension (see figure 10). Across classifications and comparison groups, students report having opportunities for collaborative learning at about the same rate. Placing these scores in the context of the full scale, we can see that all these are clustered at around the scale midpoint– halfway between sometimes and often.

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