2011-2012 National Survey of Student Engagement
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a national survey conducted by Indiana University to gather data from four-year institutions in the U.S. and Canada regarding “student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development.” You can find more detailed information from the NSSE Survey site at http://nsse.iub.edu/.
The NSSE is broken down into 5 major benchmarks:
- Level of Academic Challenge (LAC)
- Active and Collaborative Learning (ACL)
- Student-Faculty Interaction (SFI)
- Enriching Educational Experiences (EEE)
- Supportive Campus Environments (SCE)
How did we do?
Based on the students that responded to the survey, the university exceeds the average results of other schools participating in the NSSE survey in five out of 10 benchmark categories, while the freshmen showed significantly higher means on all five benchmarks compared to our participating peers.
Who completed the survey?
In 2012, WCU had 179 first-year students and 263 seniors completed the survey. See below for an abbreviated table of our respondent characteristics. See the full Respondent Characteristics report for more details.
Nationally, 321,649 students (25% response rate) participated in the survey this year, from 577 institutions in the United States and Canada. Since NSSE’s inception in 1999, more than 2 million students have participated in the survey from almost 1,500 colleges and universities.
- Western Carolina University is an amazing institution and I would recommend it for all people. (First-year, Female)
- All the instructors are very helpful and really care about the success of the students. (First-year, Male)
- WCU is a great institution. There are a lot of benefits to attending a smaller university like WCU. The teachers care about you, the student community is very nonjudgmental (sic), and the location is perfect for those who enjoy the outdoors. (Senior, Female)
- WCU is a great is a great institution and I am proud to have selected it for my education.
NSSE Major Field Reports
BCSSE2011-NSSE2012 Combined Report (PDF)