National Survey of Student Engagement

Gallaudet University participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.  While Gallaudet University has been administering NSSE bi-annually, Gallaudet University is now administering NSSE tri-annually.  The next administration will be in 2017.

The NSSE collects information from first-year and senior students from hundreds of four-year colleges and universities all over the country. Since 1999, more than 1,400 undergraduate degree granting colleges and universities have used the NSSE to collect information about student participation in educational programs and campus activities.

NSSE is a research-based psychometrically sound tool used by institutions to: 

  • Participate in a national effort to improve undergraduate quality 
  • Compare institutional performance against peer institutions
  • Examine patterns of strengths and weaknesses within Gallaudet, across time, and across different student groups     
  • Guide and monitor institutional improvement
  • Incorporate student engagement results in self-studies, accreditation, and accountability

Research shows that higher student engagement in educationally purposeful activities leads to greater student achievement, persistence, and graduation.

The NSSE survey focuses on four themes and ten engagement indicators: 


Engagement Indicator

Academic Challenge

Higher Order Learning
Reflective & Integrative Learning
Learning Strategies
Quantitative Reasoning

Learning with Peers

Collaborative Learning
Discussions with Diverse Others

Experiences with Faculty

Student-Faculty Interaction
Effective Teaching Practices

Campus Environment

Quality of Interactions
Supportive Environment

In addition to the Themes and Engagement Indicators, NSSE also focuses on six High Impact Practices:

High Impact Practices
  • Learning community or some other formal program where groups of students take two or more classes together
  • Courses that included a community-based project (service-learning)
  • Work with a faculty member on a research project
  • Internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement
  • Study abroad
  • Culminating senior experience (capstone course, senior project or thesis, comprehensive exam, portfolio, etc.)

For more information on NSSE, visit the NSSE homepage.


August 2007 - Gallaudet Results on National Survey of Student Engagement (Presented by Dr. Thomas Kluwin, Director of Institutional Research)


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