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National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

NSSE is a popular survey administered by hundreds of institutions across the country. It provides an in-depth assessment of student engagement for first-year and senior level students. Since student engagement is closely linked to many outcomes, such as retention and graduation, NSSE serves as a powerful resource for practically every institutional function.

NSSE is geared towards baccalaureate students, however, UNG does an oversample to include associate students as well. However, it is important to note that comparison groups outside of UNG will only include baccalaureate students.

How to Use NSSE Results

NSSE has many uses for every level of the institution. It can serve as a benchmark indicator to compare UNG to the Georgia System (sometimes Southeast Public depending on the year), our Carnegie Class, and NSSE as a whole. This allows NSSE results to tell a story beyond the walls of UNG.

NSSE groups engagement into ten engagement indicators, each with a variety of questions supporting it. Additionally, NSSE asks about several High Impact Practices (HIPs) that look at student involvement in a number of activities shown to have a very strong impact on students. 

The Engagement Report is a report produced by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness which gives the percentage of students answering in the two positive categories (e.g. students who responded "quite a bit" or "very much"). This is calculated for UNG baccalaureate, UNG associate, USG (or Southeastern Public), Carnegie Class, and NSSE. Up and down arrows indicate whether UNG baccalaureate students did much better or worse for a particular question. This report is a good general overview. From an exploration of these data, deeper questions can be asked. Institutional Research is available to help interpret the data and conduct deeper analysis. 

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