St. Olaf students participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) during spring semester 2015. Of those asked to respond, 403 St. Olaf first-years (53% of the first-year class) and 331 St. Olaf seniors (51% of the senior class) responded to questions about their activities and engagements in campus during their first year or during all four years of their time at St. Olaf.
The links on this page lead to summary reports and to detailed results. If you have any questions about the NSSE instrument, administration, or results, please send a message to IR&E.
You can learn more about the questions students responded to by reviewing the NSSE 2015 Instrument.
Additionally, you can find a list of the institutions that comprise the NSSE 2015 Selected Comparison Groups.
The Snapshot provides a concise set of key findings from the Spring 2015 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 Topical Module: Experiences With Writing
This module touches on three aspects of good writing assignments— interactivity, meaning-making, and clarity. It complements questions on the core survey about how much writing students do, the nature of their course assignments, and perceived gains in written expression.
NSSE Topical Module: Experiences With Diverse Perspectives
This module examines activities that promote greater understanding of societal differences. The module complements questions on the core survey about experiences with people from different backgrounds, diverse perspectives in course discussions and assignments, and the extent to which institutions encourage contact among students from different backgrounds.
NSSE first-year item frequency distributions and means
First-year responses to each item on the NSSE questionnaire, including comparisons with 33 institutions with similar enrollment size and locale, 41 institutions with similar admissions selectivity, and 127 institutions in the same Carnegie classification as St. Olaf.
NSSE senior item frequency distributions and means
Senior responses to each item on the NSSE questionnaire, including comparisons with 33 institutions with similar enrollment size and locale, 41 institutions with similar admissions selectivity, and 127 institutions in the same Carnegie classification as St. Olaf.