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The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

In February 2009, a randomly selected group of freshmen and seniors received email invitations to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The National Survey of Student Engagement is a survey specially designed for students to provide information about their undergraduate experience, including their views about the quality of their education and how they spend their time. The survey has a broad scope, with hundreds of colleges and universities of all types and sizes participating each year. But the main reason UofL has participated is to learn more from our students about what they think, and by doing so, better serve our students by improving its programs and services. 

We asked, students delivered.

Increasing the response rate at UofL was important. UofL delivered a strong, but simple message: "Every Card Counts." In turn, the students responded. UofL increased its response rate from 15% in 2007 to 32% in 2009 (n=1259). UofL now is able to take a more robust approach in understanding and analyzing the data.

How does it help me?

Based on the results, UofL plans to analyze the information, communicating the results, and most importantly, make adjustments and creating action plans that address students' perceptions of their undergraduate experience at UofL. Faculty and Staff will receive the NSSE data and related reports. These data will inform our intentional programming aimed at enriching students' level of engagement and thereby, assiting with their academic success.

What should I know?

The following pages of information are intended to create a working vocabulary for engagement (as put forth by NSSE), provide a general foundation for understanding the NSSE results, and some preliminary bits of information of student responses. 

Please feel free to contact us with questions, feedback, and comments.


Cheryl Gilchrist

Director, Undergraduate Assessment, Retention and Research
Ph. 502.852.8139
E-mail Cheryl Gilchrist

Robert Goldstein

Associate University Provost for Academic Accountability, IR and Effectiveness
Ph. 502.852.6169
E-mail Robert Goldstein

Michael Mardis

Dean of Students
Ph. 502.852.5787
E-mail Michael Mardis

For more information:


 Go to UofL's 2009 NSSE Results

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