Institutional Surveys

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)


Student Engagement More than 1,400 different colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada have participated in NSSE since it was first administered in 2000 as a method of assessing quality in higher education. It is heavily grounded in more than 30 years of research about effective practice in higher education. Much of the literature relates to particular classroom activities, student interactions with peers and faculty, and learning practices that lead to high-quality undergraduate student outcomes.

Student engagement represents: (1) the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities, and (2) how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities that are linked to student learning.

The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending university/college. Mount Royal uses the data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience inside and outside the classroom that can improve good practices in undergraduate education at the institutional and faculty levels.

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