Academic Affairs

Hendrix College and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Hendrix participates in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to learn more about how our innovative approach to liberal arts education benefits Hendrix students. Information gleaned from this survey and other sources helps the College evaluate the effectiveness of its programs and is used to help us continually improve the Hendrix student experience.

What is NSSE?

Since 2000, NSSE has annually collected information at more than 1,500 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada about student participation in activities and programs that promote their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending their college or university. Institutions use their data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience that can be improved through changes in policy and practice.

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NSSE Themes

Engagement indicators

Engagement indicators (PDF)

These summary measures are based on questions examining key dimensions of student engagement organized within four themes: Academic Challenge, Learning with Peers, Experiences with Faculty, and Campus Environment.

How students assess their experience

How students assess their experience (PDF)

Students answer questions about the changes they perceive in their cognitive and emotional development, providing useful evidence of the personal impact of their educational experiences.

High-impact practices

Academic challenges (PDF)

Participating in learning communities, service learning, internships, or study abroad; doing research with a faculty member; or completing a senior capstone project can greatly enhance the student experience.

Best and Worst

The best and the worst (PDF)

Learn which five questions Hendrix first-year and senior students scored highest and which five each group scored lowest.

Past Years