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National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Beloit College participates in the The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) every three years. The survey provides valuable information about students' engagement with their educational experience at Beloit College.

The NSSE was most recently administered to first years and seniors at Beloit College in spring 2017, and before that in spring 2014.


Click on the links below to find the answers to the following questions:

What is the NSSE?

What is Student Engagment?

Which “educationally effective practices” do NSSE/FSSE address?

What are the NSSE Benchmarks?

Why are these data useful?

How does Beloit compare to other institutions?

  • What is the NSSE? 
    • The NSSE is a national survey designed to assess the extent to which first-year and senior students engage in a variety of educationally effective activities, their perception of institutional priorities, and the extent to which they believe their learning and skills have been effected by the institution they attend.
    • The foundational premise is that students who are actively involved in both academic and out-of-class activities gain more from the college experience than those who are not as involved AND that level of involvement is a meaningful measure of institutional quality.
  • What is Student Engagement?
    • According to NSSE, student engagement is the intersection of:
      • The time and energy students devote to educationally sound practices, and
      • The policies and practices institutions use to encourage students to take part in these activities.
  • Which “educationally effective practices” does NSSE address?
    • Student-faculty contact
    • Active learning
    • Prompt feedback
    • Time on task
    • High expectations
    • Cooperation among students
    • Respect for diverse talents and ways of learning
  • Why are NSSE data useful?
    • They provide a way for the college to measure itself against other similar and aspirant institutions.
    • They provide a way for the college to talk about campus culture and expectations and provide a reference for campus “norms.”
  • Can we compare Beloit College results to other colleges' results?
    • The NSSE provides data that allows us to compare responses at Beloit College to the average institutional responses of 1) All NSSE respondents and 2) Responding institutions classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as “Baccalaureate Colleges--Arts & Sciences”
    • To view comparisons between Beloit College first years/seniors and each of these two groups, click on the benchmark categories below or download the summary document on the upper right hand corner of this page for an easily printable (.pdf) format.


NSSE Results

2017 NSSE Summary Results

Snapshot of results from 2017 NSSE at Beloit College

Pocket guide with results from 2017 NSSE at Beloit College for prospective students


2014 NSSE Summary Results

Snapshot of results from 2014 NSSE at Beloit College

Pocket guide with results from 2014 NSSE at Beloit College for prospective students


2011 NSSE Benchmark Comparisons

Level of Academic Challenge

Active and Collaborative Learning

Student-Faculty Interaction

Enriching Educational Experience

Supportive Campus Environment


2008 Beloit College NSSE results

Click here for summary results from the 2008 NSSE.