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. The results are reported in terms of five key clusters of activities:
- level of academic challenge,
- active and collaborative learning,
- student-faculty interaction,
- enriching educational experiences, and
- supportive campus environment.
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 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.
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 are used to measure the extent to which the resources provided by the government are being used to improve the student’s educational experience. The 2006 results will be used as a benchmark against which future results will be compared.
In 2008, Brock (along with all Ontario universities) participated for a second time in the NSSE survey and then did so again in 2011.
The administration of the survey is the responsibility of Patrick Beard, Co-ordinator of Academic Reviews and Planning (firstname.lastname@example.org
, Ext. 4082).
In January/February 2011, some 6,600 Brock undergraduate students received an e-mail inviting them to participate in the survey. Of these, 4,058 were first-year students and 2,580 were “graduating” students (third- and fourth-year students who are in a position to graduate in the spring of 2011). As a means of promoting participation, the University offered 4 8G iPads as prizes. These were randomly drawn from among survey respondents.
The results of the 2011 survey may be found here: