A First Look at NSSE 2017
Overall satisfaction levels are high:
- 91% of seniors would attend UW-Madison again, significantly higher than the 85% of students at peer institutions.
- 92% rated the academic quality of UW-Madison as good or excellent, significantly higher than the peer average of 84%.
Responses point to a strong academic emphasis:
- 89% of freshmen and 87% of seniors responded that the institution emphasizes spending time on academic work, significantly higher than peer responses (82% for freshmen and 82% for seniors).
- UW-Madison seniors reported spending more time on assigned readings but less time writing than peers. On average, UW-Madison seniors wrote 63 pages for assignments during the year, compared to 74 pages written by seniors at peer institutions.
- UW-Madison students showed a strong emphasis on quantitative reasoning, comparable to the average score in the top 10% of all NSSE-participating institutions.
- The majority of seniors reported substantial learning gains on thinking critically and analytically (90%) and on analyzing numerical and statistical information (73%).
- 82% of UW-Madison seniors reported that their experience contributed to a broad general education, significantly higher than the peer response (75%).
- Seniors and first-year students reported higher levels of reflective and integrative learning compared to peers. 86% of UW-Madison seniors reported they connected ideas from their courses to prior experiences and knowledge, 75% reported they learned something that changed the way they understood an issue, and 72% tried to understand someone else’s view by imagining how it looks from their perspective.
For more information:
UW-Madison faculty and staff who are interested in using the data for program assessment purposes can review the reports posted online or contact Margaret Harrigan (Margaret.Harrigan@wisc.edu).
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a survey of college freshmen and seniors designed to assess student involvement in practices associated with high levels of learning, show what students think of their undergraduate experience, and how they are benefiting from their studies.
In spring 2017 all UW-Madison freshmen and seniors were invited to respond to NSSE. The UW-Madison response rate was 29 percent — 1,952 first-year students (31 percent) and 2,556 seniors (28 percent) responded.
Short Summaries of UW-Madison Findings
— A First Look at NSSE 2017 (posted Sept. 2017)
— Focus on Wisconsin Experience (posted Oct. 2017)
— Focus on General Education (posted Oct. 2017)
— Focus on Climate (posted Oct. 2017)
— Focus on Transferable Skills and Career Preparation (posted Nov. 2017)
— NSSE Engagement Indicators Snapshot
— Detailed Frequency Distributions and Summary Statistics
— Transferable Skills Module Summary
— Public Research Universities (AAU) Consortium Report
— High Impact Practices Summary
— Administration Summary
— Reports by Major Area of Study (expected November 2017)
In 2017, a total of 725 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada participated in the survey. NSSE is based at the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research.
How do I get access to 2014 data and reports?
- See links below for reports by school/college and by key demographic variables.
- For access to 2014 survey data for your program or special analyses contact Margaret Harrigan
Key findings from NSSE 2014:
- 90% of our seniors report having participated in one or more high impact practices, such as research with a faculty member, participation in a learning community, culminating senior experience, service learning course, internship, and study abroad.
- About 50% of our freshmen report having participated in research with a faculty member, learning community, or service learning course.
- 92% of freshmen and 94% of seniors rate their overall experience at UW-Madison as excellent or very good, significantly more than students at our peer institutions
- Our students spend about 18 hours per week preparing for class, significantly more time than students at our peer institutions, but not as much as the two hours out-of-class per hour-in-class that is the higher education standard.
- Over 90% of our seniors report that their experience at UW-Madison has contributed quite a bit or very much to their knowledge, skills and personal development in thinking critically and analytically.
- Over 70% report UW-Madison contributed quite a bit or very much to working effectively with others, writing clearly and effectively, and analyzing numerical and statistical information.
- Compared to our peers, our students spend less time in discussions with people of a race or ethnicity different from their own
- UW-Madison students report taking fewer service learning courses than our peers
– 2014 Snapshot (prepared by NSSE)
– Frequency Reports (prepared by NSSE)
– Respondent Profile(prepared by NSSE)
– High-Impact Practices (prepared by NSSE)
– Consortium Report – AAUDE (prepared by NSSE)
– Experiences with Diverse Perspectives (prepared by NSSE)
– Senior Student Responses by Gender and Minority Status
– Senior Student Responses by Transfer and First Generation Status
– Senior Student Responses by Sexual Orientation and Disability Status
– Senior Student Responses by School/College
2011 UW-Madison NSSE Summary Reports – Students were surveyed in Spring 2011 (pdf files):
– 2011 NSSE Summary Report
– Appendix A. First-Year Student Responses by Gender, Minority Status, First-Generation Status
– Appendix B. Senior Student Responses by Gender, Minority Status, First-Generation Status, Transfer Status
– Appendix C. Senior Student Responses by School/College
– Frequency Reports (prepared by NSSE)
– Means Report (prepared by NSSE)
– Multi-Year Benchmark Report (prepared by NSSE)
– Respondent Characteristics (prepared by NSSE)
– BCSSE2010-NSSE2011 Combined Report (prepared by NSSE)
– BCSSE2010-NSSE2011 Respondent Characteristics (prepared by NSSE)
– 2011 NSSE Student Survey Instrument
2008 UW-Madison NSSE Summary Reports
– Students were surveyed in Spring 2008 (pdf files):
– 2008 NSSE Summary Report
– Appendix A. Report of Response Frequencies for All Questions
– Appendix B. Peer Comparison Report
– Appendix C. First-Year Student Responses by Gender, Minority Status, First-Generation Status
– Appendix D. Senior Student Responses by Gender, Minority Status, First-Generation Status, Transfer Status
– Appendix E. Senior Responses by School/College
– Appendix F. Senior Responses by Whether Student Studied Abroad
– NSSE 2008 Presentation on First Year Students – October 2009
– Slide presentation – UW-Madison NSSE Results, 2001-2008
- NSSE 2006
- NSSE 2004
2001 UW-Madison NSSE Summary Reports
UW-Madison Undergraduate Survey
2006 Undergraduate Survey Summary Document:
- 2006 Undergraduate Survey Summary – Complete Document (pages 1-96)
- 2006 Undergraduate Survey Summary – excluding appendices (pages 1-59)
- 2006 Undergraduate Survey Summary – appendices only (pages 60-96)
- March 2007 Presentation to WISCAPE (Margaret Harrigan)
Additional reports from the 2006 undergraduate survey:
- Analysis of Freshman Starts and Transfer Starts
- Analysis by Minority Status
- Analysis by Gender
- Analysis by First-Generation College Students and Other Students
2003 Undergraduate Survey Summary Document:
- 2003 Undergraduate Survey Summary – Complete Document (pages 1-85)
- 2003 Summary, excluding the appendices (pages 1-49)
- 2003 Summary appendices only (pages 1-3, 50-85)
Additional reports from the 2003 undergraduate survey:
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 Undergraduate Surveys were also completed by the UW Survey Center.