NSSE - National Survey of Student Engagement


Through its student survey, The College Student Report, NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about first-year and senior students' participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.

NSSE provides participating institutions a variety of reports that compare their students' responses with those of students at self-selected groups of comparison institutions. Comparisons are available for ten Engagement Indicators, six High-Impact Practices, and all individual survey questions. Each November, NSSE also publishes its Annual Results, which reports topical research and trends in student engagement results. NSSE researchers also present and publish research findings throughout the year.

NSSE 2016 Reports

Topical Modules

Find out about Missouri State University's performance on the NSSE benchmarks of excellence:

NSSE Archives

Institutional surveys (NSSE, BCSSE, FSSE, etc.) are a comprehensive form of assessment in higher education. Including data from this year, students from 546 U.S. colleges and universities participated in the surveys.

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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

NSSE 2009 Reports

NSSE09 Executive Snapshot

NSSE09 Means and Frequencies

NSSE09 Benchmarks by College and Department

NSSE 2008 Reports

NSSE08 Means and Frequencies

NSSE08 Executive Snapshot

NSSE08 Benchmarks by College and Department

NSSE 2007 Reports

NSSE07 Means and Frequencies

NSSE07 Benchmarks by College and Department