National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

2013 Administration

  • 94% of first-year respondents and 92% of senior respondents evaluated their entire educational experience at K-State as good or excellent.
  • 92% of first-year respondents and 91% of senior respondents indicated that they would attend K-State again if given the opportunity.
  • 52% of senior respondents have completed a practicum, internship, co-op, or clinical experience.
  • 67% of senior respondents indicated that they participated in a service-learning project as part of a course at K-State.
  • 75% of senior respondents indicated they 'quite a bit' or 'very much' acquired job or work-related knowledge through their experience at K-State.

Survey Administration, Sample, Response Rate, and Comparison Institutions
  • The NSSE was administered electronically to all first-year and senior students to complete.
  • Response rates for the Spring 2013 administration of NSSE:
    • Of the 4,624 first-year students who received the survey, 1,172 responded for a response rate of 25% (compared to 21% nationally).
    • Of the 4,706 senior students who received the survey, 2,001 responded for a response rate of 43% (compared to 26% nationally).
  • Reports include comparisons with the following groups (see the comparison group summary for additional information):
    • Land Grants w/o Med: Institutions selected because, like K-State, they are land-grand institutions without medical schools, and were either selected for the 2010 NSSE administration or are current comparison schools for K-State 2025.
    • Carnegie Class: All NSSE participating institutions in the RU/H (High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification.
    • NSSE 2013: All NSSE participating institutions

Infographics for Selected Results

Reports by College

University Reports

Purpose and Background

Since its inception in 2000, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE; pronounced "nessie") has been used by 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. 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 senior student behaviors to determine an institution's level of engagement. For more information about the NSSE, please view the following link: NSSE Home. View the most recent survey.


NSSE Use at Kansas State University

Kansas State University has administered the NSSE five times since its development (2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013); every three years. In 2001, K-State was 1 of 321 universities and institutions to use this survey; 473 institutions participated in 2003; 593 in 2007; 600 in 2010; and 613 in 2013.

University, College, Departmental, and Student Life Unit reports are generated showing frequencies, means, demographics, and benchmarks (comparing colleges at K-State and comparing K-State to its peer groups). Additional customized reports have been created and used for program/college specialized accreditation agencies. In addition to these reports, K-State also utilizes results from the NSSE survey on its VSA College Portrait website highlighting student experiences.


Past University Reports (PDFs)

2010 Summary Report

2010 Respondent Characteristics

2010 4-Year Longitudinal Report

2010 Mean and Frequency Report

2010 First-Year Multi-Year Benchmark Report

2010 Senior Multi-Year Benchmark Report

2007 Respondent Characteristics

2001, 2004, and 2007 Comparison

2001, 2004, and 2007 Comparison with Carnegie Peers

2007 Benchmark Report

2007 Benchmark Tables