National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), 2009

NSSE LogoAvailable to colleges and universities since 2000, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a widely adopted and respected assessment of collegiate quality. Hendrix scores on the NSSE survey confirm the academic excellence, superior quality of instruction, and supportive environment students find at the College.

NSSE collects information each year from samples of first-year and senior students regarding their experiences at their chosen institution. The NSSE information presented below, from the 2009 survey, reflects the high level of satisfaction in the quality of academic and collegiate life that students experience at Hendrix.

Benchmark Categories

Within the broader survey, NSSE has identified five Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice that are particularly important indicators of learning and student development. NSSE benchmark scores reflect responses of first-year and senior students to questions from the survey in the following areas:

  • Level of Academic Challenge
  • Enriching Educational Experiences
  • Student-Faculty Interaction
  • Supportive Campus Environment
  • Active and Collaborative Learning

NSSE LegendThe five graphs below summarize Hendrix scores in each benchmark area. The graph for each area indicates how Hendrix College compared to its Carnegie Peers (other national liberal arts institutions) and to all NSSE participants (the complete pool of institutions participating in NSSE). Below each graph is a sample question from that benchmark area on which first-year and senior students ranked Hendrix exceptionally high.

Level of Academic Challenge

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Sample LAC Question: How much has your coursework emphasized synthesizing and organizing ideas, information or experiences?

Enriching Educational Experiences

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Sample EEE Question: How often have you had serious conversations with students who are very different from you in terms of their religious beliefs, political opinions or personal values?

Student-Faculty Interaction

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Sample SFI Question: How often have you discussed ideas from your readings or classes with faculty members outside of class?

Supportive Campus Environment

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Sample SCE Question: To what extent does your institution provide the support you need to help you succeed academically?

Active and Collaborative Learning

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Sample ACL Question: How often have you discussed ideas from your readings or classes with others outside of class (students, family members, co-workers, etc.)?

Sample Questions

Below is a sampling of questions from the survey on which Hendrix first-year and senior students gave their Hendrix education high marks.

Overall, how would you evaluate your entire educational experience at this institution?

Q13  

1=Poor, 2=Fair, 3=Good, 4=Excellent 

To what extent does your institution provide the support you need to help you succeed academically?

Q10B  

1=Very little, 2=Some, 3=Quite a bit, 4=Very much 

To what extent does your institution provide the support you need to thrive socially?

Q10B  

1=Very little, 2=Some, 3=Quite a bit, 4=Very much 

To what extent has this institution enabled you to acquire a broad general education?

Q11A  

1=Very little, 2=Some, 3=Quite a bit, 4=Very much 

To what extent has this institution developed your ability to think critically and analytically?

Q11E  

1=Very little, 2=Some, 3=Quite a bit, 4=Very much 

How often have you had serious conversations with students who are very different from you in terms of their religious beliefs, political opinions, or personal values?

Q01V  

1=Never, 2=Sometimes, 3=Often, 4=Very often 

How often have you attended an art exhibit, play, dance, music, theatre or other performance?

Q06A  

1=Never, 2=Sometimes, 3=Often, 4=Very often 

How often have you discussed ideas from your readings or classes with others outside of class (students, family members, co-workers, etc.)?

Q01T  

1=Never, 2=Sometimes, 3=Often, 4=Very often 

How many papers or reports between 5 and 19 pages have you written?

Q03D 

1=None, 2=1-4, 3=5-10, 4=11-20, 5=More than 20 

Two what extent did your examinations during the current school year challenge you to do your best work?

Q05  

1=Very Little to 7=Very Much 

How often have you examined the strengths and weaknesses of your own views on a topic or issue?

Q06D  

1=Never, 2=Sometimes, 3=Often, 4=Very often 

Overall, how would you evaluate the quality of academic advising at your institution?

Q12  

1=Poor, 2=Fair, 3=Good, 4=Excellent 

Instances in which Hendrix scores were significantly higher than those for comparison groups (Carnegie Peers and NSSE participant schools) are marked as follows:
* Statistically significant Hendrix score relative to comparison group (p< .05 level)
** Greater significance of Hendrix score relative to comparison group (p<.01)
*** Greatest significance of Hendrix score relative to comparison group (p<.001)