National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)





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Discus: College Search and Selection: August 2004 Archive: National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
By 5st (5st) on Monday, August 16, 2004 - 09:27 pm: Edit

This survey has been mentioned in other conversations (http://www.indiana.edu/~nsse/). Unfortunately, most of the colleges and universities involved don't want the public knowing how they did. Therefore, only some results are available. US News and World Reports has a little bit of data online. Back in 2000, the NSSE people were bold enough to release some names of top institutions. The Chronicle of Higher Education (NOv. 17, 2000) published the list. It can be viewed at:

http://www.iub.edu/~nsse/articles/chronicle_1117.htm

Among LACs, the standouts were
Antioch College
Centre College
Denison University
Wabash College
Antioch College
Centre College
Evergreen State College
Sweet Briar College
Wesleyan College (Ga.)

Among reserach universites (divided by big and small research)

Doctoral-Intensive Universities
Pepperdine University
Polytechnic University (N.Y.)
Seton Hall University
Miami University
Pepperdine University
State University of New York College of
Environmental Science and Forestry

Doctoral-Extensive Universities
American University
Indiana University at Bloomington
Rice University
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Brigham Young University
Loyola University of Chicago
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
University of Virginia


Results fluctuate from year to year. The article also note "A different set of institutions might result if institutional scores were adjusted based on institutional selectivity, resources, and other variables."

By Collegeparent (Collegeparent) on Monday, August 16, 2004 - 10:22 pm: Edit

FYI -- Because most of the top tier colleges and universities do not participate in this survey (and chose not to after the first year), for all intents and purposes it is invalid and has to be deemed as discredited.

By 5st (5st) on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 - 11:48 am: Edit

It is true that many of the best schools don't compete, and this is a major limitation of NSSE.

The question is WHY don't they participate? The NSSE may be the most reputable and reliable indicator of academic quality we have (for the schools that participate). If a school dos not participate, is it because they are so good they don't need the feedback, or that they don't want to know the results?
Maybe they don't want parents and potential students to know the results? How would it look if a "top" IVY, LAC, or "public ivy" came out looking no better than some school that is not hot or highly rated in USN&WR?


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