Evidence of Student Learning

NILO Model - Evidence of Student Learning

Evidence of student learning includes results of assessment activities. This may include evidence of indirect (e.g. surveys) and direct (e.g. portfolio) student learning as well as institutional performance indicators (e.g. licensure pass rate).


  • NSSE

  • FSSE

  • Public Affairs

  • ETS


Missouri State University administered the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement to samples of incoming students in 2008, 2011, and 2014. The results of those surveys and the paired NSSE results are linked below.

BCSSE Institutional Reports

2015 (pdf) or 2015 (Excel)


2014 (pdf) or 2014 (Excel)






BCSSE-NSSE Combined Reports

BCSSE 2014-NSSE2015


BCSSE 2011-NSSE 2012


BCSSE 2008-NSSE 2009


How to Access the Advising Reports

The individual reports of the 2,030 students who took the survey are available to advisors through Advising Notes. “BCSSE Survey Results” will appear in "Transcripts and Test Scores.

Using the Reports

BCSSE Advising Report Guide

The guide describes and explains the important of seven critical areas focusing on expectations, commitment, engagement and preparation.

Conversation Catalysts

Advisors have compiled and shared a list of questions they asked as they looked through students’ BCSSE Advising Reports.

What Do First Year Students in 2014 Know and Expect?: An Advising Profile of New Students at Missouri State University

A new advising report is available based on 2,030 first-year students who took the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) during SOAR in summer 2014. The Student Advising Report is an individualized report designed to help understand your advisees background and expectations about their first year of college. This one-page report sheds light on students high school experiences and expectations for their first year.


Reports by Year:

2015  |  2012  |  2009  |  2008  |  2007

NSSE 2015 Reports

NSSE15 Major Field Reports (MFR)

Reports for each college in PDF format. Includes "Within-Institution Comparisons."


NSSE15 Snapshot

The Snapshot is a concise collection of key findings from the NSSE 2015 administration. It offers a glance at student engagement and academic challenge at Missouri State.


NSSE15 Pocket Guide Report

The NSSE Pocket Guide is a summary of student engagement on campus based on student responses to select questions. This helps prospective students and their families consider student engagement while deciding on a university. It is also used as a resource for admission professionals who work with first-year students.


NSSE15 Administration Summary

NSSE’s Administration Summary is an overview on population and sample, response rates, representatives of respondents and survey customization choices. This information can be used for developing future NSSE administrations. 


NSSE15 Respondent Profile

The NSSE Respondent Profile reports on student and institution-reported demographic information, examining similarities and differences between students at Missouri State and those at comparison group institutions. 


NSSE15 Engagement Indicators

NSSE Engagement Indicators (EIs) summarizes information about student engagement. Ten indicators, based on three to eight survey questions each are organized into four broad themes: Academic Challenge, Learning with Peers and Experiences with Faculty & Campus Environment.


NSSE15 Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

The Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons report provides item-by-item student responses and statistical comparisons that examine patterns of similarity and difference between Missouri State students and those at comparison group institutions. 


NSSE15 High-Impact Practices

NSSE 15 High Impact Practices gives detailed results about Missouri State students’ engagement that involves learning outside the classroom. High-Impact Practices in NSSE includes research projects with faculty, study abroad, internships and culminating senior experience. 


NSSE15 Consortium Report - SustainEC 

The Consortium Report is a statistical comparison of Missouri State alongside its consortium of sixteen other universities. It focuses on student engagement and learning skills.


NSSE15 Selected Comparison Groups

NSSE’s Comparison Groups report details the groups that are compared with Missouri State and how they are selected.


NSSE15 Topical Module - First-Year Experiences and Senior Transitions

The NSSE Topical Module is a set of questions on a designated topic such as academic advising or civic engagement. For 2015, the Assessment Council elected to use First-year Experiences and Senior Transition as the topical module. This report lists results following responses from first-year students and seniors, with questions adapted from the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) and the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, respectively.


NSSE 2012 Reports


NSSE12 Executive Snapshot


NSSE12 Means and Frequencies


NSSE12 Benchmarks by College and Department


NSSE12 Careers and Advising


NSSE12 Deep Approaches to Learning


NSSE12 Diversity-Related Items


NSSE12 High Impact Practices


NSSE12 Multi-Year Benchmarks


NSSE12 Public Affairs


NSSE12 Technology


NSSE12 First Generation Engagement Experiences


NSSE12 Honors College Engagement Experiences


NSSE12 Transfer Student Engagement Experiences


NSSE12 Underrepresented Student Comparisons


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NSSE 2009 Reports


NSSE09 Executive Snapshot


NSSE09 Means and Frequencies


NSSE09 Benchmarks by College and Department


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NSSE 2008 Reports


NSSE08 Means and Frequencies


NSSE08 Executive Snapshot


NSSE08 Benchmarks by College and Department


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NSSE 2007 Reports


NSSE07 Means and Frequencies


NSSE07 Benchmarks by College and Department


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Public Affairs

Public Affairs Scale

(Click here to jump to Exit Exam evidence)

All seniors at Missouri State University complete the Public Affairs Scale (PAS) prior to graduation.  This is an internally developed and validated scale designed to measure students' integration of the three themes of the university’s mission in public affairs: cultural competence, community engagement, and ethical leadership.  

Seniors at Missouri State University complete the Public Affairs Scale (PAS) as part of the University Exit Exam prior to graduation. This internally developed and validated scale measures students' integration of the three themes of the university’s mission in public affairs. The reports below show results from seniors who took the PAS in fall 2011 and spring 2012 and a pilot study comparing a cross-section of first-year and senior students who took the PAS in 2011–2013.

Public Affairs Essay Results from Past Workshops:

Quality Initiative Project 2015 - Public Affairs Results

University Exit Exam & The Public Affairs Mission

University Exit Exam Scores, Fiscal Years 2005–2014

How It's Used

Questions in the Exit Exam will inquire about experiences related to the university’s public affairs mission and plans after graduation.

Feedback on student experience at Missouri State is essential. Student thoughts inform instruction and planning decisions across the entire university. This feedback is kept confidential and compiled in an aggregated form to protect personal information. 

The University Exit Exam is used to assess student learning in general education and is a Key Performance Indicator. Missouri State also uses the information to assess how much student learning relates to the university’s statewide mission in public affairs.

Essay Participation Charts

The charts below indicate how many students chose each of the public affairs prompts.