National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Through its student survey, The College Student Report, NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.

Survey items onThe College Student Report represent empirically confirmed "good practices" in undergraduate education. That is, they reflect behaviors by students and institutions that are associated with desired outcomes of college. NSSE doesn't assess student learning directly, but survey results point to areas where colleges and universities are performing well and aspects of the undergraduate experience that could be improved.  (

The NSSE consists of questions in five areas called the Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice.

  1. Level of Academic Challenge: the extent to which expectations and academic work challenge students to learn
  2. Active and Collaborative Learning: students' efforts to actively construct knowledge
  3. Student-Faculty Interaction: level and nature of students' contact and interaction with faculty
  4. Enriching Educational Experiences: students' participation in activities that broaden their experience and knowledge
  5. Supportive Campus Environment: students' perceptions about the institution's commitment to their success and cultivation of positive relationships among different groups on campus

BYU-Idaho results for all five Benchmarks can be found by expanding the NSSE link in the menu on the left.

A summary document for the 2011 survey of BYU-Idaho students is available here.

A comprehensive collection of 2006 and 2011 BYU-Idaho NSSE data is available here.  BYU-Idaho login required.

The 2011 survey can be viewed in its entirety here.