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The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2008 Institutional Report was published in August 2008.  This report presents the results from the spring 2007 administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement.  This report summarizes Mountain State University's (MSU) student responses to the survey questions (unweighted) arrayed by year in school and aggregated frequency comparisons for similar types of institutions and the national norms.  There were three comparison groups used in the 2008 NSSE; 1) A "Selected Peers" group based on MSU's 2005 Carnegie classification of "Master's Level I", undergraduate enrollment and setting; 2) A "Carnegie Peers" group based on the 2005 Carnegie classification of "Master Level I", undergraduate enrollment profile and setting; and 3) The NSSE National Norm which includes all institutions participating in the NSSE survey.

The data is presented in the links below along with NSSE's introduction and overview.  MSU's mean comparison is highlighted in red if it fell below the selected peer group, the Carnegie peer group and the national norm. It is highlighted in green if it was above all three.  A white entry indicates that MSU's responses fell within those of the three comparison groups.

For the 2008 administration of the NSSE survey, Mountain State University selected a web only administration for the survey. The response rate increased from 12% to 20% as the number of participants almost doubled from 197 to 393. The sample size went from 1,603 in 2007 to 1,992 in 2008. It is interesting to note that MSU's 20% Response Rate was below the 39% of the selected peer group, the 34% for the Carnegie peer group and the 33% for the national norm.  MSU's response rate rose by 8% from the 12% for the 2007 NSSE survey to 20% for the 2008 survey.  In addition, MSU's Mode of Completion percentages (FY=100% and SR=100%) for web completion is above the selected peers (FY=95% and SR=91%), Carnegie peers (FY=98% and SR=97%) and NSSE national norms (FY=98% and SR=97%).   The overall response rate is an area for improvement for the Spring 2009 survey.

Overall MSU improved over the 2007 results. Freshmen responses met or exceeded all three peer groups in 59% of the variables, up from the 47% in 2007. Senior responses met or exceeded all three peer groups in 67% of the variables, up from the 33% in 2007.

The results of this survey should be used to identify areas for improvement in MSU's curriculum, pedagogical practices, student-faculty interaction, community involvement, diversity interaction and student support. 

The following links provide access to information about the NSSE survey as well as a report showing each survey item along with MSU's response rate compared to the selected peers, the Carnegie peers and national norm.