National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Frequently Asked Questions about NSSE


What is the NSSE?

A survey instrument that collects information from hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for learning and personal development. Results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. In addition, NSSE provides participating institutions reports that compare student responses to peer institutions.

The NSSE project is governed by the Indiana University Bloomington IRB, and additional information be found at:

What does NSSE ask?

The NSSE asks undergraduates about their in- and out-of-class activities, what they feel they have gained from classes, their assessment of the quality of interactions with faculty and students, and other educational activities (e.g. undergraduate research, study abroad, & internships). This year Missouri S&T is piloting an additional module of questions focused on first year experiences and senior transitions.

Who has participated?

Since its implementation in 2000, more than 1,300 four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Canada have administered the NSSE. NSSE reports 750 institutions will participate in the spring of 2016.

When has Missouri S&T participated?

Spring of 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, & 2013. (The NSSE is generally administered on a three year cycle)

Who is surveyed?

All first-year and senior bachelor’s degree-seeking students are included in the NSSE population file. Adult learners, full-time and part-time students, commuters and campus residents, and distance education students who meet credit hour requirements are included.

When will the survey be administered?

Students will receive notifications on the following dates (tentative):

Invitation: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Reminder 1: Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Reminder 2: Thursday, February 25, 2016

Reminder 3: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Final Reminder: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

How will the survey be administered?

Students will be contacted via their preferred email with Missouri S&T and will be asked to complete the survey on-line.

How long will it take students to complete?

The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.

What type of results does Missouri S&T receive?

In the summer of 2016, Missouri S&T will receive survey results that include direct responses as well as summaries organized into benchmark scores that address:

  • Active & Collaborative Learning
  • Level of Academic Challenge
  • Supportive Campus Environment
  • Enriching Educational Experiences
  • Student Faculty Interaction

In addition, Missouri S&T will receive comparison responses from peer institutions.

You can find the survey at:

How will results be used?

Aggregate results will be used to support regional/specialized accreditation efforts as well as foster evidenced-informed program improvement, student retention and success.

Incentives and Prizes

Here's the prizes you can win for your participation:

  • IPad mini (Grand prize)
  • one of five 2016 St. Pats sweat shirts
  • one of ten $15 iTunes cards
  • one of twenty $5 subway gift cards
  • one of two S&T branded sunglasses
  • one of eight S&T branded insulated cups
  • one of ten S&T t-shirts