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Student Engagement at Grand View

Since 2004, Grand View has participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement. We use the survey results to benchmark us against other similar colleges and to help us improve student engagement, which is a reliable predictor of student retention. Approximately 1,000 college and universities have participated in the survey.

What is the NSSE?
Joni Finney, vice president at the National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education, commented: “NSSE has changed the national conversation about quality in undergraduate education, providing a rich model for institutional change and improvement.”

A description of the survey objective from the NSSE Project web site:

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is designed to obtain, on an annual basis, information from scores of colleges and universities nationwide about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results will provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. Survey items on The National Survey of Student Engagement represent empirically confirmed "good practices" in undergraduate education. That is, they reflect behaviors by students and institutions that are associated with desired outcomes of college.

Students at participating colleges answer questions on topics that fall into these areas:

Academic challenge
Learning with peers
Experiences with faculty
Campus environment

Colleges then use the results to develop strategies for improvement in areas where they may fall short of their own goals. The project also provides comparative results, so each college can see how its students have responded in comparison to peer institutions.

Many colleges look at NSSE as a way to measure quality that can take into account the mission of the institution and that is based on student evaluation, as opposed to rankings heavily influenced by distant executive officers who may never have been on the college’s campus, let alone in one of its classrooms.

For more information about NSSE, please take a look at the NSSE Project website.

How does Grand View use NSSE results?

Grand View is pleased to provide you with the summary results of our 2015 NSSE survey. This chart indicates where we rank for first-year students. See our 2015 summary report HERE.

We are using the results to improve in areas we believe need attention and to strengthen areas that are already strong. Below are some examples of activities we’ve undertaken to improve student engagement.

  • Provided resources and training for faculty members to incorporate more active and collaborative learning strategies into the classroom.
  • Upgraded classroom technologies and our computer infrastructure to support student learning.
  • Provided additional gathering places for students to study together, meet with faculty members in more casual settings, and converse with friends.
  • Established a funding program to encourage faculty and staff members to engage with their students in educationally purposeful activities outside the classroom, such as field trips, attendance at cultural performances, or dinner in a faculty member's home.