National Survey of Student Engagement

What is the NSSE?

The NSSE is administered to freshman and seniors annually at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities across the US. The survey measures two crucial features of academic quality. The first is the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educational activities. The second is how the institution distributes its resources and organizes classroom and co-curricular learning opportunities to encourage students to participate in activities that studies show are linked to high levels of student learning. Weimar Institute participated in the NSSE for the first time in Spring of 2016 and again in Spring of 2018.

How Are Survey Results Used?

NSSE measures the extent of student engagement in practices that are empirically linked with learning, personal development, student persistence, student satisfaction and graduation rates. The NSSE is not a direct assessment of student learning, but survey results do point to areas where schools are performing well and aspects of undergraduate education that could be improved. To learn about Weimar Institute’s direct assessment of student learning, please see Weimar Institute’s Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Handbook. NSSE data is also useful to prospective college students and their parents as they look for a school that meets their needs and expectations.

Weimar Institute’s 2018 NSSE Results

All of Weimar Institute’s students participated in the NSSE. However, only the First-Year students were included in comparison reports. The following were Weimar Institute’s comparison groups:

  1. Peer 1 – Adventist Univ. of Health Sciences, Southern Adventist Univ., Southwestern Adventist Univ., Union College, Walla Walla Univ., Washington Adventist Univ.
  2. Peer 2 – Burman Univ., Concordia Univ. Irvine, Hope International Univ., La Sierra Univ., Occidental College, Westmont College.
  3. Peer 3 – Azusa Pacific Univ., Biola Univ., Cal Baptist Univ., Cal Lutheran Univ., Pepperdine Univ., Point Loma Nazarene Univ.

Comparison reports revealed that Weimar Institute Freshmen compared very favorably with their peers at other SDA and high-ranking non-SDA colleges and universities. WI students’ average was significantly higher in the categories highlighted in green:

To learn more about the details of Weimar Institute’s 2018 NSSE results, please see the NSSE 2018 Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons Report. To see how Weimar Institute compares with the top 50% and top 10% of all 2015 and 2016 NSSE institutions across the country, please see the Comparisons with High-Performing Institutions Report. To see Weimar Institute’s 2016 NSSE results, please see NSSE 2016 Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons Report.