Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is an annual national survey designed to measure the “extent to which students and institutions are engaging in… effective teaching and learning activities.”  The data gathered from the NSSE can be used for such activities as assessment and improvement, benchmarking, accreditation and self-studies, retention, and strategic planning. 

Rose-Hulman freshman and senior students have participated in the NSSE four year, while our faculty members participate in the FSSE (Faculty Survey of Student Engagement) for the first time in 2007.  We are on a biannual NSSE survey schedule and will participate once again this winter (2009).  A full explanation of results from the 2007 NSSE/FSSE are available in the IRPA office. 

Some of the highlights from the 2007 survey include:

  • 80% of first-year and 70% of senior students report the quality of their relationships with other students to be friendly, supportive, and having a sense of belonging to them.
  • 61% of first-year and 69% of senior students reported spending between 0-10 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities.
  • 94% of first-year and senior students evaluated their entire educational experience at RHIT as “excellent” or “good.”
  • 91% of first-year and 84% of senior students would come to RHIT again if they could start over again.

For more information about the NSSE visit their website.


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