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Brockport's NSSE survey results are in

by Matthew Clark - COPY EDITOR
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 09:45 pm
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SURVEY SAYS - The NSSE survey shows that high school seniors seem to do better in college when introduced to college courses earlier.
Photo courtesy of brockport.edu SURVEY SAYS - The NSSE survey shows that high school seniors seem to do better in college when introduced to college courses earlier.

 Recently, freshmen and senior students at The College at Brockport were asked to participate in a survey distributed by the National Survey of Student Engagement, also known as the NSSE. The questions revolved around various aspects of student life including participation in campus events, amount of time spent studying and campus culture. 

The NSSE has recently released some new information regarding the participation in this year's survey. 

According to Claire Goverts, assistant director of Institutional Research and Analysis, this year's response rate to the NSSE survey was 29.6 percent. The last time Brockport participated in the NSSE was in 2014 and had a response rate of only 26 percent. 

The class of 2017 outperformed the class of 2020 with a response rate of 30.5 percent compared to the freshmen response rate of 27.6 percent. 

Since this was a national survey, the NSSE released some findings of what freshmen and seniors in the United States struggle and succeed with. The results of this year's survey have yet to be released, but the NSSE has revealed the results of last year's survey. 

According to the NSSE press release, "One in five first-year students had difficulty learning course material and getting help with coursework. 

Their peers who found it easier to get help spent more time studying and made greater use of effective learning strategies, resulting in greater use of effective learning strategies, resulting in higher grades and greater commitment to staying in school."

One category of questions on the survey was personal growth. The results found that seniors typically had a mindset of growth and improvement and were likely to embrace challenges and to use effective learning strategies.  

Another finding from the survey results revealed that about one in four freshmen took college level courses in high school and these students were more engaged in their first year of college. 

According to the NSSE press release, "About nine out of 10 students felt safe and comfortable being themselves at their institution and about eight in 10 felt valued by the institution. However, students with a gender identity other than man or woman, as well as those who are African American, Native American, or multiracial, were less likely to feel safe and welcomed by their institutions." 

The survey is ongoing and if students have not yet taken the survey, they will have the rest of the semester to complete it. More information will be released in the summer after the survey oficially closes.

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