NSSE was completed in Spring 2013 by 401 St. Olaf first-years (48% of the first-year class) and 447 St. Olaf seniors (63% of the senior class). Results suggest that St. Olaf students spend more time reading in preparation for class, participating in co-curricular activities, and working for pay on campus, than students in other selective undergraduate institutions. They also engage more often in collaborative learning experiences, and rate the quality of their interactions with other students more highly than do their peers. More than three-quarters of seniors say that St. Olaf contributed substantially to their abilities in writing and speaking, thinking critically and analytically, developing or clarifying ethical values, and working effectively with others. Approximately 90% of both first-years and seniors would choose St. Olaf if they were making the choice over again.
The Snapshot provides a concise set of key findings from the Spring 2013 administration, with summary comparisons between St. Olaf and similar institutions.
NSSE Engagement Indicators (EIs)
The NSSE Engagement Indicators combine results from several related items to provide composite measures of Higher-Order Learning, Reflective and Integrative Learning, Effective Learning Strategies, Quantitative Reasoning, Collaborative Learning, Discussions with Diverse Others, Student-Faculty Interaction, Effective Teaching Practices, Quality of Campus Interactions, and Supportive Campus Environment.
NSSE High Impact Practices (HIPs)
High-Impact Practices (HIPs) are research-identified as particularly effective in promoting high levels of student learning and retention. HIPs demand considerable time and effort, facilitate learning outside the classroom, require meaningful interaction with faculty, encourage collaboration with diverse others, and provide frequent and substantive feedback. NSSE findings indicate the extent of student participation in each practice and the number of students who participate in two or more.
NSSE Institutional Comparisons
This summary compares the responses of St. Olaf first-years and seniors to the responses of first-years and seniors at similar institutions, identifying areas of comparative strength, similarity, and limitation in the learning experiences and environment provided by St. Olaf.
NSSE first-year item frequency distributions and means
First-year responses to each item on the NSSE questionnaire, including comparisons with other institutions in the same Carnegie classification as St. Olaf, and with 23 other liberal arts institutions that are equally or more selective than St. Olaf.
NSSE senior item frequency distributions and means
Senior responses to each item on the NSSE questionnaire, including comparisons with other institutions in the same Carnegie classification as St. Olaf, and with 23 other liberal arts institutions that are equally or more selective than St. Olaf.