Engagement Indicators & High-Impact Practices

To represent the multiple dimensions of student engagement, NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) reports on 10 Engagement Indicators calculated from 47 core NSSE items. The indicators are grouped within four themes (adapted from the former NSSE Benchmarks). Additionally, in a separate report, NSSE provides results on six High-Impact Practices, aptly named for their positive associations with student learning and retention.

Engagement Indicators Engagement Indicators (EIs) provide valuable information about distinct aspects of student engagement by summarizing students’ responses to sets of related survey questions. (Component items are listed on the next page.)

Engagement Indicators

  • Academic Challenge:
    Higher-Order Learning, Reflective & Integrative Learning, Learning Strategies, Quantitative Reasoning
  • Learning with Peers Collaborative:
    Learning, Discussions with Diverse Others
  • Experiences with Faculty:
    Student-Faculty Interaction, Effective Teaching Practices
  • Campus Environment:
    Quality of Interactions, Supportive Environment

The EIs and component items were rigorously tested both qualitatively and quantitatively in a multi-year effort that included student focus groups, cognitive interviews, and two years of pilot testing and analysis. As a result, each EI provides valuable, concise, actionable information about a distinct aspect of student engagement.

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