NSSE: National Survey of Student Engagement

Welcome to Pace University's
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Web page.



About Pace University
Pace University offers a comprehensive education combining exceptional academics, professional experience, and the New York advantage.

Originally founded in 1906, Pace is a leading, private metropolitan university with three campuses in downtown New  York City, Westchester County, and White Plains, New York. Our diverse population of students is enrolled in more than 3,000 courses across more than 100 majors. Students take advantage of Pace's college and five schools in the liberal arts and sciences, business, law, nursing, education, and computing. Pace's prime locations put students just steps away from world-class centers of finance, accounting, media, healthcare, performing arts, and technology. The student experience is further enhanced by a robust cooperative and internship program that is one of the largest in the metropolitan area.

About NSSE at Pace University
2012 represents the eleventh administration of the NSSE in as many years.

Click for a summary of Pace University's NSSE experience: (Word document).

Why is Pace University so committed to the National Survey of Student Engagement?
As a doctoral research university, Pace University is interested in what research tells us about the impact of college on students. The National Survey of Student Engagement utilizes twenty years of research in higher education to identify those educational activities that are associated with significant student gains in learning and personal development. The NSSE project is grounded in the proposition that the frequency with which students engage in activities that represent effective educational practice is a good proxy for collegiate quality.  Thus, the National Survey of Student Engagement fits perfectly with Pace's efforts to continually assess and improve the undergraduate experience for all its students. 

The questions on this survey are grouped into national benchmarks of effective educational practice.  These benchmarks capture many important dimensions of the undergraduate experience.  They are:

Level of Academic Challenge (LAC)time spent preparing for class, amount of reading and writing, and institutional expectations for academic performance. Explore the following links to learn more about the level of academic challenge at Pace University: 

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Active and Collaborative Learning (ACL)—participating in class, working collaboratively with other students inside and outside of class, tutoring, and so forth. Explore the following links to learn more about active and collaborative learning at Pace University:

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Student Interactions with Faculty Members (SFI)—talking with faculty members and advisers, discussing ideas from classes with faculty members outside of class, getting prompt feedback on academic performance, and working with faculty members on research projects. Explore the following links for examples of student interactions with faculty members at Pace University:

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Enriching Educational Experiences (EEE)—talking with students with different racial and/or ethnic backgrounds or diverse political opinions or values, using electronic technology, and participating in such activities as internships, community service, study abroad, cocurricular activities, or a culminating senior experience. Explore the following links to see more on Pace's enriching educational experiences:

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Supportive Campus Environment (SCE)the extent to which students perceive that the campus helps them succeed academically and socially, assists them in coping with nonacademic responsibilities, and promotes supportive relations between students and their peers, faculty members, and adminstrative personnel and offices. Explore the following links for examples of the supportive campus environment at Pace University:

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