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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 2019 administration of NSSE:
    • Of the 3,112 first-year students who received the survey, 691 responded for a response rate of 22% (compared to 21% in our 2025 peers).
    • Of the 4,427 senior students who received the survey, 1,074 responded for a response rate of 24% (compared to 21% in our 2025 peers).
  • Reports include comparisons with the following groups (see the Comparison Groups for additional information):
    • 2025 Peers who Administer NSSE: Included Auburn, Clemson, Colorado State, Louisiana State and Agricultural & Mechanical College, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, and Washington State Universities.
    • Carnegie Class: All NSSE participating institutions in the Doc/Highest (Highest Research Activity) Carnegie Classification.
    • Big XII Schools: All NSSE participating institutions in the Big XII

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, see the NSSE Home Page. View the most recent survey.

NSSE Use at Kansas State University

Kansas State University has administered the NSSE seven times since its development (2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019); 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; 613 in 2013; and 896 in 2016.

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.

Past Administrations and Reports

2016 Snapshot Report

2013 NSSE Summary Report

2010 Summary Report.pdf

2010 Respondent Characteristics.pdf

2010 4-Year Longitudinal Report.pdf

2010 Mean and Frequency Report.pdf

2010 First-Year Multi-Year Benchmark Report.pdf

2010 Senior Multi-Year Benchmark Report

2007 Respondent Characteristics.pdf

2001, 2004, and 2007 Comparison.pdf

2001, 2004, and 2007 Comparison with Carnegie Peers.pdf

2007 Benchmark Report.pdf

2007 Benchmark Tables.pdf