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> Assessment> 2006 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institutional Report

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2006 Institutional Report was published in August 2006.  This report presents the results from the spring 2006 administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement.  This report summarizes Mountain State University's (MSU) student responses to the survey questions (unweighted) arrayed by year in school and aggregated frequency comparisons for similar types of institutions and the national norms.  There were three comparison groups used in the 2006 NSSE; 1) A "Selected Peers" group based on MSU's 2000 Carnegie classification of "Baccalaureate/Associate", undergraduate enrollment and setting; 2) A "Carnegie Peers" group based on the 2005 Carnegie classification of "Master Level I", undergraduate enrollment profile and setting; and 3) The NSSE National Norm which includes all institutions participating in the NSSE survey.

The data is presented in the links below along with NSSE's introduction and overview.  MSU's mean comparison is highlighted in red if it fell below the selected peer group, the Carnegie peer group and the national norm. It is highlighted in green if it was above all three.  A white entry indicates that MSU's responses fell within those of the three comparison groups.

It is interesting to note that MSU's 18% Response Rate was well below the 37% of the selected peer group, the 30% for the Carnegie peer group and the 35% for the national norm.  MSU's response rate fell by 9% from the 27% for the 2005 NSSE survey.  In addition, the Mode of Completion shows MSU higher in filling out paper surveys and lower in the web based survey.   Both of these are areas for improvement for the Spring 2006 survey.

Overall MSU improved significantly over the 2005 results. Freshmen responses exceeded all three peer groups in 60% of the variables, up from 19% in 2005. Conversely, responses that were below all three peer groups fell to 24%, down from the 60% in 2005. Senior responses exceeded all three peer groups in 48% of the variables, up from 36% in 2005. Conversely, responses that were below all three peer groups fell to 32%, down from the 44% in 2005.

The results of this survey should be used to identify areas for improvement in MSU's curriculum, pedagogical practices, student-faculty interaction, community involvement, diversity interaction and student support. 

The following links provide access to information about the NSSE survey as well as a report showing each survey item along with MSU's response rate compared to the selected peers, the Carnegie peers and national norm.