National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Spring 2019

What is the NSSE?

The NSSE collects information from hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for learning and personal development. Results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. In addition, NSSE provides participating institutions reports that compare student responses to peer institutions. The NSSE project is governed by the Indiana University Bloomington IRB, and additional information be found at:


What does NSSE ask?

The NSSE asks undergraduates about their in- and out-of-class activities, what they feel they have gained from classes, their assessment of the quality of interactions with faculty and students, and other educational activities (e.g. undergraduate research, study abroad, & internships). This year QU has also included an additional module of questions focused on first-year experiences and senior transitions.


Do other colleges and universities use the NSSE?

Since its implementation in 2000, more than 1,300 four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Canada have administered the NSSE. NSSE reported that 500 institutions participated in the spring of 2018.  One hundred forty-eight institutions similar to QU will participate (small, private, baccalaureate & masters institutions).


When has Quincy University participated?

Spring of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, & 2018, and now in 2019.


Who is surveyed?

All first-year and senior bachelor’s degree-seeking students are included in the NSSE population file. Adult learners, full-time and part-time students, commuters and campus residents, and distance education students who meet credit hour requirements are included.


When and How will the survey be administered?

Students will receive email invitations with personalized links to the survey between now and May 1st.

Students can learn more at


How long will it take students to complete?

The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.


What type of results does Quincy University receive?

In the summer of 2019, QU will receive survey results that include direct responses as well as summaries organized into benchmark scores that address:

  • Active & Collaborative Learning
  • Level of Academic Challenge
  • Supportive Campus Environment
  • Enriching Educational Experiences
  • Student Faculty Interaction

In addition, QU will receive comparison responses from other Catholic colleges and universities.

You can find the survey at:


How will results be used?

Aggregate results will be used to support accreditation efforts as well as provide data for program improvement, student retention, and success.


What can I do to help?

The NSSE staff takes care of the invitations and reminders to the students. There is nothing to do. If a student were to ask you about the survey, suggest that they give consideration to complete the survey. Remember it is voluntary. Other than that, there is nothing to do. The NSSE staff prefer that they handle and approve all invitations and reminders.