Institutional Research
Surveys and Assessments: National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

About the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

A national survey conducted by the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, the NSSE assesses the extent to which undergraduates engage in a variety of educationally effective activities. Students respond to questions about how they spend their time and what skills they are developing as the result of their college enrollment. More than 2.7 million students from 1,493 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada have participated in the NSSE since 2000.

Population: (2000 - 2013) Oxford campus first-year students and seniors in the spring semester; (2015) Beginning with the 2015 administration, the NSSE was administered to bachelor's degree-seeking first-year students and seniors on all Miami campuses

Topics: Students' academic experiences and satisfaction; includes questions such as the number of term papers they wrote for courses, the level of academic challenge they perceive in courses, etc.

Related Surveys: The NSSE is a national survey designed to be paired with the BCSSE and FSSE

Years available: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015

Questionnaire: Available at

NSSE Engagement Indicators: In 2013, NSSE replaced their five Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice with ten Engagement Indicators. A description of the Engagement Indicators, the survey items included in each indicator, and the process for developing and scoring the indicators are available on the NSSE website.


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2015 Results

Survey Instrument

Comparison Institutions (Regional Campuses) (Oxford)

Full Frequencies and Percentages (Hamilton) (Middletown) (Oxford)

Engagement Indicators

Summary (Hamilton) (Middletown) (Oxford)

Graphs (All Campuses) (Regional Campuses - with Comparison Groups)

High Impact Practices

Summary (Hamilton) (Middletown) (Oxford)

Graphs (All Campuses) (Regional Campuses - with Comparison Groups)

Combined NSSE-FSSE results (Hamilton) (Middletown) (Oxford)

Advising Module (Hamilton) (Middletown)

Pocket Guide (Hamilton) (Middletown) (Oxford)


2011 Results

NSSE Respondent Characteristics

Description of Peer Institutions

Full Report: The National Survey of Student Engagement (2003 - 2011)

Select Trend Data (2003-2011)

2011 Peer and National Comparisons (Percentages)

2011 Peer and National Comparisons (Means)


Assessment Briefs using NSSE Results

Assessment of Students' Global Perspectives (Brief #78, Dec. 2, 2013)

Trends in Effective Educational Practices at Miami (Brief #65, Jan. 13, 2012)

Assessment of Diversity Awareness at Miami (Brief #53, Aug. 2010)

Through the Eyes of a First-Year Student: Incoming Students' Expectations about College (Brief #46, Oct. 1, 2009)

Thinking Critically about Our Students' Critical Thinking Skills (Brief #41, Nov. 3, 2008)

Student Engagement within an Academic Community (Brief #37, Apr. 15, 2008)

What Do the Data Say about Study Abroad and Second Language Learning? (Brief #34, Jan. 31, 2008)

Faculty and Student Learning Experiences: Similarities and Differences (Brief #23, Nov. 7, 2006)

Engaging with Other Learners Outside of the Classroom (Brief #15, Feb. 28, 2006)

Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter (Brief #11, Oct. 17, 2005)

Assessment of First Year Seminar Courses: Part Two (Brief #10, Sept. 26, 2005)

Assessment of First Year Seminar Courses: Part One (Brief #9, Sept. 1, 2005)

Incoming Students' Expectations about College-Level Work (Brief #5, Feb. 11, 2005)

Faculty and Student Perceptions of Coursework: Significant Differences (Brief #4, Dec. 3, 2004)

Academic Rigor and Challenge at Miami: Students' Experiences During their First Year of College (Brief #2, Nov. 1, 2004)


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