National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

St. Olaf students participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) during spring semester 2018. Of those asked to respond, 370 St. Olaf first-years (48% of the first-year class) and 258 St. Olaf seniors (39% 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 2017 Core Instrument.

Additionally, you can find a list of the institutions that comprise the NSSE 2018 Selected Comparison Groups.

Summary Results

NSSE Snapshot
The Snapshot provides a concise set of key findings from the Spring 2018 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: Academic Advising
This module examines students’ experiences with academic advising, including frequency, accessibility, and types of information provided. It also asks students to identify their primary source of advice. The module complements a question on the core survey about the quality of students’ interactions with academic advisors.

Detailed Results

NSSE first-year item frequency distributions and means
First-year responses to each item on the NSSE questionnaire, including comparisons with 9 institutions in St. Olaf’s strategic comparison group, 18 ACM or GLCA member institutions, and 128 private 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 9 institutions in St. Olaf’s strategic comparison group, 18 ACM or GLCA member institutions, and 128 private institutions in the same Carnegie classification as St. Olaf.