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
"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
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
if it fell below the selected peer group, the
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
the 39% of the selected peer group, the 34% for the
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.
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 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
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.