NSSE Reports and Data

As of April 28, 2015, 30% of eligible students have completed the NSSE! This is great progress; we are thrilled that so many students have participated, giving MSU one of the highest response rates compared to other universities our size. If you that think you're eligible, check your BearMail! The NSSE continues until May 31, 2015. ​


What is NSSE?

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a web survey that is used to collect data from students about their experiences in and out of the classroom. The NSSE is administered to first-year and senior undergraduate students. This survey was developed by Indiana University and has been used by universities all across the country. Missouri State participated in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2015. By taking this short survey (just fifteen minutes) eligible students are given the opportunity to leave their mark on Missouri State.

It is especially designed for students to provide information about your undergraduate experience, including your views on the quality of your education and how you spend your time. The survey has a broad scope, with hundreds of colleges and universities of all types and sizes participating each year.

Why should I take it?

  • The survey only takes 15 minutes to complete
  • NSSE gives students a chance to be heard
  • This is an opportunity to give back to future generations of students
  • You’ll be eligible to win an iPad along with hundreds of other great prizes!

Participation in the NSSE is 100% voluntary. By choosing to administer the NSSE, Missouri State is sending a message that it cares about the experiences of its students. While you don’t have to participate in the NSSE, doing so ensures that your voice is heard. We are part of a large campus and it can be easy to feel like you are lost in the numbers. But, the NSSE is a quick (and easy) way to leave your mark on the university.


Students who participate in the NSSE are put into a drawing to win:

  • An iPad mini ( worth $239)
  • A pair of Beats Headphones (worth $169)
  • A $100 Bookstore giftcard

Drawings will take place at the end of February, March and April.

Plus, participating students are eligible for hundreds of other small prizes, including preferred seating at graduation and early registration for first year students!

Students are only eligible to win one large prize.

How does it work?

Over the spring semester, eligible students will receive emails from President Smart that contain a link to the NSSE. By following the link, students gain access to the NSSE. The survey takes about fifteen minutes and asks questions about how you spend your time as a college student.

All first-year students and seniors (sorry inbetweeners) here at Missouri State University are eligible to take the survey. Sophomores and juniors are encouraged to gently remind their first-year and senior friends to take the NSSE.


Eligible students will receive invitations to take the NSSE in their BearMail on:

  • February 10
  • February 24
  • March 16
  • March 24
  • April 13

However, you can take the NSSE at any point between February 10th -May 31st.

Who is eligible?

The NSSE is tool used to sample the experiences of first year and senior students. We hope to gain a snapshot of the student experience at the beginning and end of their college journey.

Still not sure if you qualify?

First year students are defined as:

  • Undergraduates who entered in fall 2014 and who are first time new to college
  • First time transfer students who have completed less than 30 credit hours
  • Part time students are included!

Senior students are defined as:

  • Undergraduate, degree-seeking students who are seniors in their final semester

*102+ completed credit hours or those eligible for graduation

  • Transfer and part time students are included!

Who is not eligible for NSSE?

Students who are:

  • Pre-college (those working on HS dual credit)
  • In the China program
  • In the Study Away program
  • Exclusively in the ELI program (English Language Institute)
  • Exclusive auditors
  • Categorized as “Pre-admit” or “Undeclared programs”
  • Mythical Creatures of Scottish Origin

Remember, NSSE will only be sent to eligible students!

How are the results used?

Results from the survey will be available to students, staff and faculty in August. The information gathered from the NSSE will be used to make Missouri State University better for students. Data from the survey can be used to help your favorite student organizations recruit new members, create new programs and shape the university to suit student needs.

In August 2015, results will be shared in summary form with faculty, staff, student leaders and other interested groups across campus. This information will provide a snapshot of what it is like to be a student at Missouri State University. Additionally, this information will be used when reporting to external bodies, such as regional accrediting agencies and is used as a basis of comparison to other universities. Finally, NSSE data can be used to attract prospective students to Missouri State University.

Here are the lucky NSSE respondents who were randomly selected to win prizes galore:

Danielle Kothe - iPad

Ryan Juergens - Early Enroll

Jimmy Salings - Beats by Dre

Elizabeth Rudell - Graduation Priority Seating




The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) was first given at Missouri State University in 2007. This survey is now given every three years to a cross-section of first-year and senior students at Missouri State University to provide a better understanding of student changes in engagement over time. The NSSE includes 85 questions that were designed to measure various aspects of student engagement. Among these areas are five benchmarks of effective educational practice as listed below. For more information on the National Survey of Student Engagement, please visit the NSSE website.

NSSE Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice

  • Level of Academic Challenge (LAC)
  • Active and Collaborative Learning (ACL)
  • Student-Faculty Interaction (SFI)
  • Enriching Educational Experiences (EEE)
  • Supportive Campus Environment (SCE)


The 2012 NSSE Results

NSSE 2012- MSU Overall Mean and Frequency Reports

NSSE 2012- MSU Benchmark Scores by College and Department

NSSE 2012- MSU Comparison Groups

NSSE 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012- MSU Comparisons

Official 2012 NSSE results for all participating organizations

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Previous MSU NSSE Reports (2007-2009)

NSSE 2007- MSU Benchmark Scores by College and Department

NSSE 2008- MSU Benchmark Scores by College and Department

NSSE 2009- MSU Benchmark Scores by College and Department

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