National Survey of Student Engagement

National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is designed to obtain, on a regular basis, information from colleges and universities (in both Canada and the United States) about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development.

Survey items on The National Survey of Student Engagement represent empirically confirmed "good practices" in undergraduate education. That is, they reflect behaviours by students and institutions that are associated with the desired outcomes of university.


Institutions, Brock Included, use their data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience inside and outside the classroom that can be improved through changes in policies and practices more consistent with good practices in undergraduate education. This information is also intended for use by prospective students, their parents, academic advisers, institutional research officers, and researchers generally in learning more about how students spend their time and what they gain from their experiences.

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In 2006, all of the provincially-assisted universities in Ontario participated in the NSSE survey. This was in response to the Ontario government’s call for greater accountability and focus on the quality of the student’s learning experience. The results from the NSSE survey were to be used to measure the extent to which the resources provided by the government are being used to improve the student’s educational experience. In 2008, Brock (along with all Ontario universities) participated for a second time in the NSSE survey and then did so again in 2011. See below for summaries of the results of all three surveys.


The Office of Institutional Analysis and Planning is responsible for matters related to the NSSE survey administration and analysis. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Juan Xu at or 905-688-5550, Ext. 4776.


On February 12, 2014, some 7,260 Brock undergraduate students will receive an e-mail inviting them to participate in the survey. Of these, 4,467 are first-year students and 2,796 are “graduating” students (third- and fourth-year students who are in a position to graduate in the spring of 2014). As a means of promoting participation, the University is offering four iPad Airs or four $600 gift cards from the Brock Campus Store as prizes. These will be randomly drawn from among survey respondents.


2011 Results

The results of the 2011 survey may be found here:

Benchmark Comparisons Report

Respondent Characteristics

Selected Comparison Groups

Summary Report



2008 Results

The results of the 2008 survey may be found here:

Benchmark Comparisons Report

Executive Snapshot

Respondent Characteristics


2006  Results

The results of the 2006 survey, in terms of the five “benchmarks” of effective educational practice may be found here.

NSSE06 Benchmark Comparisons Report (Brock University).xls