Data and Survey Results

Infographics

View assessment infographics that highlight interesting data trends, survey results, and assessment best-practices.  These infographics are meant to allow K-State faculty, staff, and administrators to see useful assessment results without having to dig through sets of tables.  New infographics are created and published as survey results are obtained, so check back often.

Surveys

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Since its inception in 2000, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE; pronounced "nessie") has been evaluating four-year colleges and universities around the nation to measure the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices that are empirically linked with learning, personal development, and other desired outcomes such as student satisfaction, persistence and graduation (NSSE 2007 overview). The NSSE was developed under the premise that the frequency in which students engage in effective behaviors is an indicator of good educational quality. The College Student Report captures first-year and seniors behaviors to determine an institution's level of engagement.

Senior Survey

The Senior Survey is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to reflect upon their K-State experiences.  This information is used to improve the college experience for future students by identifying strengths in our programs as well as areas that need further development. The survey includes issues relating to satisfaction with K-State regarding academic programs, intellectual and personal growth, student services, and preparation for a career or a graduate/professional school.

Alumni Survey

The Alumni Survey is designed to give graduates an opportunity to reflect upon their years at K-State one year after graduation.  This information is used to improve the college experience for future students by identifying strengths in our programs as well as areas that need further development.  The survey includes issues relating to satisfaction with K-State regarding academic programs, intellectual and personal growth, student services, and preparation for a career or a graduate/professional school.

GTA Communication Survey

To help ensure that K-State Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) have adequate communication skills to be effective in the classroom or lab, a survey is administered to the students in their class(es) early in their first semester of teaching.  Each semester, communication skills are assessed for all GTAs who are teaching a course or a lab at K-State for the first time as the primary instructor or who have significant interaction with students.

Assessment Initiatives

Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA)

"The VSA is a voluntary initiative for 4-year public colleges and universities.  Developed through a partnership between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC), the VSA is designed to help institutions meet the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate accountability and stewardship to public
  • Measure educational outcomes to identify effective educational practices
  • Assemble information that is accessible, understandable, and comparable"
K-State's College Portrait
Office of Assessment Contributions to the K-State College Portrait

Standardized Assessment Instruments

The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)

The CLA is a major initiative of the Council for Aid to Education. The CLA, which is given every 3 years, offers a value-added, constructed-response approach to the assessment of higher-order skills, such as critical thinking and written communication. Hundreds of institutions and hundreds of thousands of students have participated in the CLA to date. The institution - not the student - is the primary unit of analysis. The CLA is designed to measure an institution's contribution, or value added, to the development of higher-order skills. This approach allows an institution to compare its student learning results on the CLA with learning results at similarly selective institutions.