National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Freshmen and Seniors should check their K-State inbox beginning February 19th to help improve the college experiences for future K-State students' -- and SCORE PRIZES. Complete the National Survey of Student Engagement to tell us about your K-State experiences. Had an internship? Joined a club? Volunteered? Learned a lot? We want to hear about it.
Complete the survey by May 1 to be eligible to win one of the following prizes:
- (1) free semester of parking (Fall 2013) in the parking garage
- (2) signed footballs by Coach Bill Snyder
- (15) $25 Varney's gift certificates
- (10) lunch with the Provost and/or President
- (5) "A Spot That I Love Full Well" books
As an extra incentive of completing the survey early, anyone who completes the survey by Friday, March 1 will also be eligible to win one of the following prizes:
- (1 pair) tickets to see TCU vs. K-State in Men's Basketball (March 5)
- (2) signed basketballs by Coach Bruce Weber
- (2 pairs) tickets to see Mummenschanz at McCain Auditorium (March 12)
*Completed entrants will be randomly drawn from to receive a prize at each drawing time. Please note only one prize will be awarded per entrant. The individuals who win the earlier prizes will not be eligible to win any of the remaining prizes given away at the end of the Spring 2013 semester.
K-State Findings (from the 2010 administration)
- 92% of first-year respondents and 91% of senior respondents evaluated their entire educational experience at K-State as good or excellent.
- 92% of first-year respondents and 90% of senior respondents indicated that they would attend K-State again if given the opportunity.
- 49% of senior respondents have completed a practicum, internship, co-op, or clinical experience.
- 67% of senior respondents indicated that they have done community service or volunteer work during their educational career at K-State.
- 84% of senior respondents indicated that they quite a bit or very much acquired a broad general education through their experiences at K-State.
- Benchmark scores for first-year students have continued to increase since our initial offering of NSSE in 2001 for 4 out of the 5 benchmark areas.
- Benchmark scores for senior students have continued to increase since our initial offering of NSSE in 2001 for 4 out of the 5 benchmark areas.
Purpose and Background
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. For more information about the NSSE, please view the following link: NSSE Home. View the most recent survey.
Information on Survey Administration, Survey Sample, and Response Rate
2009 - 2010 Academic Year
- The NSSE was administered electronically to all first-year and senior students to complete (this was the first year NSSE allowed institutions to survey its entire first-year and senior populations).
- The overall response rate for the Spring 2010 administration of NSSE was 41% (compared
to 32% nationally)
- Of the 4,134 first-year students who received the survey, 1,652 completed it for a response rate of 40% (compared to 30% nationally).
- Of the 4,243 senior students who received the survey, 1,746 completed it for a response rate of 41% (compared to 33% nationally).
NSSE Use at Kansas State University
Kansas State University has administered the NSSE four times since its development (2001, 2004, 2007, and 2010); every three years.. In 2001, K-State was 1 of 321 universities and institutions to use this survey; 473 institutions participated in 2003; 593 institutions participated in 2007; while the number grew to more than 600 in 2010.
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.