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Rose-Hulman Excels in National Student Engagement Survey

Friday, January 15, 2016
Student Engagement Article

Collaborative Efforts: Rose-Hulman achieved "significantly higher" ratings for collaborative learning and five other areas in the 2015 National Survey of Student Engagement.

Compared to other colleges and universities, Rose-Hulman had positive findings in collaborative learning, student-faculty interactions, effective teaching practices, discussion with diverse others, quantitative reasoning, and quality of interactions, according to the 2015 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

Produced by the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, NSSE surveyed more than 315,000 first- and senior-year students attending 541 U.S. institutions in spring 2015. NSSE's annual survey provides educational institutions with data about the undergraduate experience to help them examine student learning and success. Sets of items are then grouped into 10 engagement indicators that follow four themes: academic challenge, learning with peers, experiences with faculty, and campus environment.

Among seniors surveyed, Rose-Hulman students' average was significantly higher when compared to the average of seniors from all participating institutions in the following areas:

  • Collaborative learning
  • Student-faculty interactions
  • Effective teaching practices
  • Discussion with diverse others
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Quality of interactions

First-year students had similar results in those six areas. Additionally, Rose-Hulman first-year students' average was significantly higher when compared to the average of first-years from all participating institutions on supportive educational environment.

Positive significant differences also emerged when comparing Rose-Hulman to a consortium of member schools of the Association of Independent Technological Universities, which included, but was not limited to, Harvey Mudd College and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, as well as a pool of several Indiana colleges and universities.

NSSE's annual survey provides educational institutions with data about the undergraduate experience to help them examine student learning and success.