Extending Learning Within and Beyond the Classroom

Student Engagement

National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is administered annually to colleges and universities nationwide to obtain information about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for learning and personal development. The University of South Carolina has participated in this survey on a bi-annual basis since 2001. USC uses the comprehensive assessment information to gauge the extent to which first-year and senior students engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development.

For more information on NSSE, visit, www.nsse.iub.edu/index.cfm.

USC NSSE Assessment

The Office of Student Engagement works collaboratively with offices throughout campus to assess the level and effectiveness of student engagement at the University of South Carolina. Each year, the University compiles a Student Engagement Report that combines data from the NSSE and information about student engagement from offices on campus.

Highlights from past NSSE studies at USC

  • 79% of first-year students felt that USC placed substantial emphasis on academics.
  • 89% of first-year students reported a favorable image of the institution.
  • 73% of first-year students felt that USC has a substantial commitment to their academic success.
  • By their senior year, 51% of students participated in some form of practicum, internship, co-op, field experience of clinical assignment.
  • 80% of seniors at least occasionally discussed career plans with faculty.
  • By their senior year, 16% of students had done research with a faculty member.

Those interested in learning more about the University should visit the Data Warehouse, online at: www.ipr.sc.edu/dataware or contact Institutional Assessment and Compliance at 803.777.2814.