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Student Surveys

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

What is NSSE?

Administered by the Indiana University Centre for Post-Secondary Research, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) measures the level of students’ engagement with their university. The survey asks students how they spend their time, what they’ve gained from their classes, how they interact with faculty and other students, and how they value other activities at the university.

The survey allows the schools to gauge their performance and find areas in which to improve. It also provides comparative results that show how each university fares against the other participating schools. Dalhousie takes part in the survey every three years.

The survey is divided into benchmark categories:

  • level of academic challenge
  • active and collaborative learning
  • student-faculty interaction
  • enriching educational experiences
  • supportive campus environment

Am I eligible to take the survey?

The NSSE survey is sent to first-year and graduating year undergraduate student and covers a number of topics, including:

  • class and exam preparation
  • types of interaction with faculty
  • quality of teaching
  • diversity of class populations
  • participation in internships, co-ops, and study abroad programs
  • overall educational experience at university

View a sample questionnaire.

Why is it important that I fill out the survey?

The information collected from the survey helps Dalhousie learn more about our undergraduate students and your expectations of, and reactions to, university. The results allow us to compare the experiences of undergraduate students at Dal with those of students at other Canadian universities. They help us determine what types of academic, co-curricular, or extracurricular services and strategies can be implemented or enhanced to improve student engagement, student success, and the overall student experience.

Visit the NSSE website for more information about the survey.