National Survey of Student Engagement

TRU participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) for the seventh time in the winter of 2020. The NSSE was first piloted in 1999, and has grown to be an internationally-recognized method of measuring student engagement. The NSSE was designed to measure the levels of items that are not explicitly academic but which research has shown are intrinsically linked to overall student success in post-secondary education.

About the NSSE

The NSSE is not a traditional student satisfaction survey. Rather, it seeks to measure student engagement on multiple levels, as these factors are understood to heavily influence overall student success in post-secondary. NSSE includes over one hundred questions related to student satisfaction, activities, and perceptions of the institution's contributions to growth and development. NSSE groups highly-related questions into 10 Engagement Indicators, which have 4 main themes; Academic Challenge, Learning with Peers, Experience with Faculty, and Campus Environment. NSSE should be used as a self-reflexive measure that helps stakeholders understand the strengths and weaknesses of each factor at their particular institution.

Methods

All Baccalaureate first year and fourth year students at TRU were invited to participate in Winter 2020, and TRU received 476 responses from first year students (28% response rate) and 303 responses from fourth year students (37% response rate).

To view an interactive collection of findings from TRU's recent NSSE administrations, alongside results from comparison group institutions, visit the NSSE Online Institutional Report Builder.  NSSE 2020 interactive reports will be available this fall.

Overall Satisfaction

More first-year TRU respondents rated their overall experience as 'excellent' or 'good' when compared with fourth-year TRU respondents (81% compared to 79%). When asked whether or not they would choose to attend TRU again, more first-year TRU respondents (81%) indicated they would 'definitely' or 'probably' attend TRU again, compared to 77% of fourth-year TRU respondents.

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How we did in 2020

"The most satisfying experience in the institution is been able to make new friends from different cultural backgrounds and being able to be open and learn more about myself and other cultures." First year, female, full-time
"My experience with the science building and the clubs on campus has been amazing, as has my time working for a not-for-profit on campus. My undergrad years have been some of the best years of my life so far, and I largely have TRU to thank for that. I am in awe of the amazing faculty we have and the level of camaraderie that exists among science students." Fourth year, male, part-time
"As a senior student, I have been made to feel welcome, valued, and appreciated throughout my program.  I have met some incredible people, both faculty and fellow students. I am thankful that I chose TRU as my post-secondary institution." Fourth year, female, full-time

Engagement Indicators Scores compared to 2017

First Year Student Increases in 2020:

  • Higher-Order Learning
  • Reflective & Integrative Learning
  • Quantitative Reasoning 
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Discussions with Diverse Others
  • Student-Faculty Interaction
  • Effective Teaching Practices
  • Quality of Interactions
  • Supportive Environment

First Year Student Decreases in 2020:

  • Learning Strategies

Fourth Year Student Increases in 2020:

  • Higher -Order Learning
  • Reflective & Integrative Learning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Discussions with Diverse Others
  • Quality of Interactions
  • Supportive Environment

Fourth Year Student Decreases in 2020:

  • Learning Strategies
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Student-Faculty Interaction
  • Effective Teaching Practices
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