Every three years Marquette University participates in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The national study is designed to measure two critical features of collegiate quality: (1) the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities and (2) how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities that research has demonstrated are linked to student learning. NSSE’s aim is to improve quality in undergraduate education by documenting strengths, identifying opportunities for improvement, motivating wider use of effective practices, and strengthening the learning environment.
Since NSSE was first launched in 2000, more than 1,400 colleges and universities have participated in the study, including 567 that participated with Marquette in 2013. In addition to being able to benchmark data to the national sample and to institutions in the same Carnegie classification (37 doctoral research institutions), Marquette is also able to compare results with the other 11 Jesuit/Catholic universities who participated in the study.
The survey was administered to all first-year students and all seniors at the beginning of the spring 2013 semester. 662 first-year students completed the survey (36% response rate) and 582 seniors completed the survey (37% response rate).
The following reports were created by NSSE and are available for review by members of the Marquette community. For additional information about these results, additional survey analysis, or Marquette’s participation in the NSSE, please contact the members of the Institutional Survey Steering Committee:
Dr. Jodi Blahnik, Psychologist and Director of Student Affairs Assessment
Ms. Alix Riley, Director of Institutional Research and Analysis
Dr. Sharron Ronco, Director of Assessment