National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
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.
The 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 one or more customized comparison groups of peer institutions (see the “Selected Comparison Group – All University” report each year for more information).
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 module examines environments, processes, and activities that reflect the engagement and validation of cultural diversity and promote a greater understanding of societal differences. Questions explore students’ exposure to inclusive teaching practices and intercultural learning; perceptions of institutional values and commitment regarding diversity; and participation in diversity-related programming and coursework. The module replaces the former Experiences with Diverse Perspectives module. 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.
Year-to-year comparisons for Engagement Indicators, High-Impact Practices, and key academic challenge questions are displayed for WSU’s 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021 NSSE results. This report does not include peer institution comparison groups.
This report presents both student- and institution-reported demographic information for NSSE respondents.
This report summarizes how peer institution comparison groups were constructed and list our university-selected comparison groups.