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What is the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)?

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) was created in 2000 to assess the extent to which students report engaging in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development.  The revised 2013 NSSE includes forty-seven items that comprise ten Engagement Indicators categorized within four engagement themes, in addition to six items that are reported separately as High-Impact Practices.

Academic Challenge

  • Higher-Order Learning
  • Reflective & Integrative Learning
  • Learning Strategies


Experiences with Faculty

  • Student-Faculty Interaction
  • Effective Teaching PracticesLearning with Peers
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Discussions with Diverse Others

Campus Environment

  • Quality of Interactions
  • Supportive Environment


High-Impact Practices

  • Learning Community
  • Service-Learning
  • Research with a Faculty Member
  • Internship or Field Experience
  • Study Abroad
  • Culminating Senior Experience
  • Quantitative Reasoning


Since its implementation in 2000, more than 1,554 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada have administered the NSSE; 621 institutions and 371,284 participated in 2013.

For a description of the changes on the revised 2013 NSSE including the ten Engagement Indicators and the High-Impact Practices, please see this linked document.


How does Longwood use the NSSE?

The NSSE has been administered at Longwood on a three-year cycle since 2002 and will be repeated again Spring 2014 with the revised 2013 version.  So that results can be aggregated across colleges and other sub-groups, all 1,146 first-year and 754 senior bachelor’s degree-seeking students at Longwood will comprise the NSSE 2014 population file including any part-time, commuting, and distance education students who meet credit hour requirements. 

The NSSE takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.  Each student who completes the NSSE by March 24, 2014 will be entered into a drawing for one grand prize award of $150 Lancer Cash and three additional awards of $50 Lancer Cash.  Signed by Drs. Perkins and Pierson, students will receive email notifications from nsse@nssesurvey.org on the following dates:

  • Invitation: Tues, Feb 11, 2014
  • Reminder 1: Wed, Feb 19, 2014
  • Reminder 2: Thurs, Feb 27, 2014
  • Reminder 3: Tues, March 11, 2014
  • Final Reminder: Mon, March 17, 2014
  • Close Survey: Mon, March 24, 2014

In the summer of 2014, Longwood will receive survey results that include direct responses as well as nationally normed summaries organized across the ten Engagement Indicators and Four Themes.  Onie McKenzie, the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs will prepare summary reports and presentations that will be shared in the fall of 2014 with various campus stake holders.