National Survey of Student Engagement begins this month

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National Survey of Student Engagement begins this month

Husker Dialogues
Students participate in Husker Dialogues, a program that was started based on results from a previous National Survey of Student Engagement.

The National Survey of Student Engagement will be sent to all first-year and senior students on Feb. 21. Every three years, the university participates in this survey, which collects information from undergraduates across hundreds of colleges and universities to assess how they spend their time and their perceptions about what they gain from attending college. Faculty and staff are encouraged to remind students to take the NSSE, which will be sent as a link within each student’s Canvas site.

“NSSE provides important feedback that helps the university continue to improve the Husker experience,” said Amy Goodburn, senior associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate education. “Initiatives that came out the 2016 NSSE include the First-Year U newsletter, Husker Dialogues, Student Inclusive Leadership Retreats, and the new MyRed enrollment schedule builder.”

This year the university has selected a new module titled “Inclusiveness and Engagement with Cultural Diversity,” which asks questions such as how much the student’s coursework has helped them to:

  • Develop the skills necessary to work effectively with people from various backgrounds

  • Recognize their own cultural norms and biases

  • Share their own perspectives and experiences

  • Discuss issues of equity or privilege
 -Respect the expression of diverse ideas


The university will receive an institutional scorecard of its results as well as comparison results to peer institutions. Results from the 2016 NSSE are posted online.

Students who complete the survey will receive a free donut from Dunkin' Donuts in Love Library. Early responders can also receive a Grit and Glory T-shirt, while supplies last. Details about the free donut and T-shirt will be in the Canvas message.

Questions about NSSE can be directed to Amy Goodburn at agoodburn1@unl.edu.