What is the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)? NSSE is a survey designed for students to provide information about their undergraduate experience, including their views about the quality of their education, and how they spend their time. Universities participate in order to learn more about what students think and do so they can improve the undergraduate program.
Who can participate? At UH Mānoa, a number of freshman and senior students are being invited to complete the survey.
How do I complete the survey? Search your Hawaii.edu email account for the keyword “NSSE” on or after February 10. If you are included in the survey sample, you will have received an email invitation from Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman containing a link to complete the survey online. Please also check your spam folder, just in case it has been filtered out of your inbox.
Prizes: All students who complete the survey by March 30, 2015 will be entered into a prize drawing for either an iPad Air 2, or one of 20 UH Bookstore gift cards worth $50.
When is the survey happening? The survey administration period begins February 10, with the final invitation to participate going out March 16.
Why should I take part? Simply put, your participation makes a difference. It is a way for you to have a voice in your education, to let the university know what it is doing right, as well as identify areas that need improvement. By knowing how you spend your time and which educational methods you are experiencing, UH Mānoa can reflect on how to improve the overall student experience.
How long will it take? The online survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.
If I have received an invitation am I obliged to complete the survey? Completion of the survey is entirely voluntary, and there will be no consequences for those who do not take part.
Will my responses be kept confidential? Yes, your responses will be kept confidential within the university, although they are not anonymous. Respondents’ background information is used for demographic reasons, and to help categorize and make sense of survey findings.
How can I find out more about NSSE and how past results have been used? You can check out the NSSE website.
What does the NSSE Questionnaire look like? You can check it out here.