Results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
University of Kansas, Lawrence Campus

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) measures undergraduate student participation in programs and activities provided to promote learning and personal development. KU uses the survey results to better understand how students are connecting with the university and to identify effective programs and practices and then applies this information to guide curriculum development and co-curricular program design. KU’s participation in NSSE is part of a coordinated set of strategies designed to enhance the undergraduate experience for all KU students, including improving retention, persistence, and graduation rates.

Updated October 2018


Background on NSSE Survey

NSSE is administered by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Education and since its inception in 2000, more than 6 million students at nearly 1,600 different 4-year colleges have participated.

NSSE website

2018 NSSE Survey (pdf)

KU Results and Comparisons

2018 KU Results


2018: Interactive Dashboard

Tips and Tricks for using the Dashboards 

2018: Snapshot

2018: Engagement Indicators

2018: High Impact Practices

2018: Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

2018: Administration Summary

2018: Respondent Profile

2018: Selected Comparison Groups

2018: Topical Module - Academic Advising

2018: Campus Housing

Comparisons of KU Results by Year

KU administered NSSE during Spring 2018, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2004, and 2001. 

Note: The NSSE Survey instrument was modified prior to the 2013 administration cycle. Longitudinal comparisons between 2013 and prior years are not valid for most questions.





This Snapshot is a concise collection of key findings from your institution’s NSSE survey administration. We hope this information stimulates discussions about the undergraduate experience. Additional details about these and other results appear in the reports referenced throughout.

2013: Snapshot

2010: Snapshot

2007: Snapshot

Engagement Indicators

Engagement Indicators (EIs) provide a useful summary of the detailed information contained in KU students’ NSSE responses. By combining responses to related NSSE questions, each EI offers valuable information about a distinct aspect of student engagement.

2013: Engagement Indicators

2010: Benchmark Comparisons

2007: Benchmark Comparisons

High-Impact Practices

Due to their positive associations with student learning and retention, certain undergraduate opportunities are designated "high-impact." High-Impact Practices (HIPs) share several traits: They demand considerable time and effort, facilitate learning outside of the classroom, require meaningful interactions with faculty and students, encourage collaboration with diverse others, and provide frequent and substantive feedback. 

NSSE asks students about their participation in six HIPs. Unlike most questions on the NSSE survey, the HIP questions are not limited to the current school year. Thus, senior students' responses include participation from prior years.

2013: High Impact Practices

Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

The Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons report presents item-by-item student responses and statistical comparisons that allow you to examine patterns of similarity and difference between KU students and those at comparison group institutions. The report uses information from all randomly selected or census-administered students.

2013: Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

2010: Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

2007: Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

Administration Summary 

This report provides an overview of KU's NSSE survey administration, including details about our population and sample, response rates, representativeness of your respondents, survey customization choices, and recruitment message schedule. This information can be useful for assessing data quality and planning future NSSE administrations.

2013: Administration Summary

2010: Executive Summary

2007: Executive Summary

Respondent Profile

The Respondent Profile presents both student- and institution-reported demographic information, allowing you to examine similarities and differences between KU students and those at comparison group institutions. This report uses information from all randomly selected or census-administered students. The display below highlights important details in the report to keep in mind when interpreting the results.

2013: Respondent Profile

2010: Respondent Characteristics

2007: Respondent Characteristics

Selected Comparison Groups

The NSSE Institutional Report displays core survey results for KU students alongside those of three comparison groups. This report summarizes how KU's comparison groups were constructed and lists the institutions within them. NSSE comparison groups may be customized by (a) identifying specific institutions from the list of all 2017 and 2018 NSSE participants, (b) composing the group by selecting institutional characteristics, or (c) a combination of these.

2013: Selected Comparison Groups

2010: Selected Comparison Groups

2007: Selected Peer Groups

Survey Instrument

2013 NSSE Survey

2010 NSSE Survey

2007 NSSE Survey

DEEP Project

KU was selected to participate in the Documenting Effective Educational Practice (DEEP) project (2002-2003) that assembled case studies of 20 colleges and universities with both higher-than-predicted scores on five benchmarks of effective educational practice and higher-than-expected graduation rates to learn what they do to promote student success. The results of the entire DEEP project are described in the book Student Success in College.


KU DEEP Report (March 2004)