Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

National Survey of Student Engagement

TRU participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) for the sixth time in the winter of 2017. 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 2017, and TRU received 361 responses from first year students (23% response rate) and 276 responses from fourth year students (31% response rate).

Overall Satisfaction

More fourth year TRU respondents rated their overall experience as 'excellent' or 'good' when compared with first year TRU respondents (85% compared to 81%). When asked whether or not they would choose to attend TRU again, more fourth year TRU respondents (81%) indicated they would 'definitely' or 'probably' attend TRU again, compared to 80% of first year TRU respondents.

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How we did in 2017

"I love the small class sizes and I have had such a great experience with all my teachers." First year, female, full-time
"So far my experience at TRU has been incredible. I've learned a lot about new topics and theory's that I've always been interested in." First year, male, full-time
"I have truly enjoyed attending TRU and I am so glad that I transferred here in my second year. I appreciate the small class sizes and accessibility to talk to advisors and professors. Our program/department feels like a family and I am very thankful for my experience here at TRU!" Fourth year, female, full-time

Engagement Indicators Scores compared to 2014

First Year Student Increases in 2017:

  • Reflective & Integrative Learning
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Quality of Interactions

First Year Student Decreases in 2017:

  • Higher-Order Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Discussions with Diverse Others
  • Student-Faculty Interaction
  • Effective Teaching Practices
  • Supportive Environment

Fourth Year Student Increases in 2017:

  • Learning Strategies
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Effective Teaching Practices
  • Supportive Environment

Fourth Year Student Decreases in 2017:

  • Higher-Order Learning
  • Reflective & Integrative Learning
  • Discussions with Diverse Others
  • Student-Faculty Interaction
  • Quality of Interactions
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