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National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)What NSSE Data Show

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) asks students nation-wide about their experiences in four key dimensions:
  1. academic challenge,
  2. learning with peers,
  3. experiences with faculty, and
  4. campus environment.
Scholars have identified engaged, active student learning in these dimensions as strongly correlated to student learning.
The NSSE survey demonstrates that Illinois College students see this highly-praised active learning all the time.
Highlights of our students’ responses from spring 2014 follow.
First-Year Student Responses
When compared to a typical student at other colleges and universities in the top 10% of all institutions surveyed in 2013 and 2014, our students rated their education better on the following measures:
  • higher-order learning;
  • quantitative reasoning;
  • discussions with diverse others;
  • student-faculty interaction;
  • effective teaching practices;
  • quality of interactions, and;
  • supportive environment.
Senior Responses
Our scores show that our average senior was as engaged as (or even more engaged than) the typical student at institutions in the top 10% of all colleges and universities surveyed in 2013 and 2014 in the following critical areas:
  • student-faculty interaction;
  • quality of interactions, and;
  • supportive environment.
Also, between 80% and 90% of Illinois College seniors rated their gains highly in the following areas:
  • thinking critically and analytically;
  • working effectively with others;
  • speaking clearly and effectively, and;
  • writing clearly and effectively.
The BLUEprint general education program, which guides students through the high impact practices that NSSE scholars recommend, focuses on preparing students for satisfying careers and success in graduate school. See examples of our students’ successes.
In 2014, NSSE surveyed more than 470,000 students at 713 colleges and universities. Find more information about NSSE at the NSSE website.

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