Institutional Research and Assessment

National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) assesses the extent to which first-year and senior students engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development.


Photo of student in the Fungal Kingdom program examining lichens found on branch during three day field trip to Camp Westwind, Oregon coast.
NSSE benchmarks include:

  • Level of Academic Challenge
  • Active and Collaborative Learning
  • Student Interaction with Faculty Members
  • Enriching Educational Experiences
  • Supportive Campus Environment

NSSE 2012

The most recent NSSE took place during spring quarter 2012.  You can view the NSSE 2012 Benchmark Report - Short Summary (PDF) or the full report: NSSE 2012 Benchmark Report (PDF). You can also browse NSSE reports from previous years.

Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE)

In spring 2005 NSSE's companion survey, the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) was administered to undergraduate faculty at Evergreen. The results of the two surveys provide an opportunity to explore faculty and student perceptions of Evergreen. View the FSSE-NSSE comparison of lower division faculty members' responses to those of first-year students.

Documenting Effective Educational Practice (DEEP)

The Evergreen State College is one of 20 colleges and universities across the country that were studied as a part of the Documenting Effective Educational Practice (DEEP) project between fall 2002 and spring 2004. This project combined the results of NSSE survey research with qualitative research into what makes some educational institutions particularly effective. As a result of this research, Evergreen was one of the colleges featured in the book Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter. You can also view the Final Report on The Evergreen State College from the DEEP project's 2003 site visit.

Links to previous NSSE reports: