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National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a survey designed to measure and gauge student participation at Champlain College. It is used by other colleges and universities throughout the United States to measure student engagement. The results help administrators and professors assess student engagement and understanding of the material.
In this web-based, quantitative survey, responses exist on a four point Likert scale for all questions. In the first question block, students rank their self-reported frequency of personal information use on a scale of (1) never; (2) sometimes; (3) often; and (4) very often. In the second and third question blocks, students rank how much their instructors emphasized proper information use and their experience at the institution’s contribution to effective information use from (1) very little; (2) some; (3) quite a bit; to (4) very much. For the first time, the college included the Experiences with Information Literacy module — an additional, optional module developed in collaboration with academic librarians.
At Champlain College, the NSSE Survey is conducted every three years during the students' first years and senior years, in rotation with the SSI Survey and MISO Survey; it has been offered for the following years: 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018.
The NSSE survey is made up of four sections, each being modified to cover a different area of research: