Institutional Research coordinates a number of surveys to gather feedback from students and alumni about their educational experiences at WSU. These surveys provide information for evaluating and improving academic programs and student services.
NSSE provides participating institutions with a variety of reports (see below for more information about each report). These NSSE generated reports typically summarize responses for WSU first-year students and seniors, alongside responses from students from three customized comparison groups of peer institutions (see the “Selected Comparison Groups – All University” report for more information about these comparison groups).
NSSE has provided a general guide mapping its reports and questions to common departments, units, committees, functional areas, and interest groups typically found at participating universities. This mapping is not intended as a strict formula for relating results but rather to encourage thinking about where NSSE evidence might be useful at different levels of a university.
This collection of key findings includes an overview of NSSE’s Engagement Indicators, High-Impact Practices, key academic challenge questions, students’ perceptions of their cognitive and affective development, as well as their overall satisfaction with the institution, and administration details.
This high-level summary of responses to related NSSE questions provides an overview of ten distinct aspects of student engagement, organized by theme: Academic Challenge, Learning with Peers, Experiences with Faculty, Campus Environment.
Because of their positive associations with student learning and retention, this report focuses on the six high-impact practices in NSSE: service-learning, learning communities, research with faculty, internships or field experiences, study abroad, and culminating senior experiences.
This report presents question-by-question student responses to NSSE. For student responses to NSSE’s demographic questions, see the “Respondent Profile – All University” report.
This topical module includes a set of questions only for first-year students and a set only for seniors. First-year questions focus on academic perseverance, help-seeking behaviors, and institutional commitment, while the senior questions explore post-graduation plans, links between the academic major and future plans, and confidence with skills developed during college. Note that the peer institution comparison group for this topical module report is further customized based on the available institutions that also participated in this module.
This topical module is the result of an ongoing collaboration between NSSE and the Council of Writing Program Administrators. The questions touch on three aspects of good writing assignments—interactivity, meaning-making, and clarity. It complements questions on the core survey about how much writing students do, the nature of their course assignments, and perceived gains in written expression. Complementary FSSE set available. Note that the peer institution comparison group for this topical module report is further customized based on the available institutions that also participated in this module.
This report presents both student- and institution-reported demographic information for NSSE respondents.
This report summarizes how peer institution comparison groups were constructed and lists our university-selected comparison groups.
Year-to-year comparisons for Engagement Indicators, High-Impact Practices, and key academic challenge questions are displayed for WSU’s 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2019 NSSE results. This report does not include peer institution comparison groups.