NSSE Accreditation Toolkits

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One of the most common institutional uses of NSSE data is for accreditation. In fact, NSSE schools report that accrediting agencies are the primary external group with which they share NSSE results.

In June 2012, the American Council on Education (ACE) National Task Force on Institutional Accreditation released a report urging the higher education community to strengthen and improve the quality and public accountability of the institutional accreditation process.

Assuring Academic Quality in the 21st Century: Self-Regulation in a New Era is designed to spark productive conversations throughout the higher education community to address the challenges of strengthening the system of voluntary self-regulation.

The report describes current approaches to accreditation, addresses criticisms of the process, and offers six recommendations colleges, universities, and regional accrediting bodies can implement to ensure that the accreditation process is a meaningful guarantor of academic quality. The recommendations are:

  1. Increase the transparency of accreditation and clearly communicate its results;
  2. Increase the centrality of evidence about student success and educational quality;
  3. Take prompt, strong and public action against substandard institutions; and
  4. Adopt a more “risk-sensitive” approach to regional accreditation.
  5. Seek common terminology, promote cooperation and expand participation.
  6. Enhance the cost-effectiveness of accreditation.

The second recommendation’s emphasis on evidence is particularly noteworthy. In response to the growing demand for public accountability, regional accrediting bodies now consider graduation and retention rates, student experiences and learning outcomes, supportive institutional resources, and placement data to be part of a standard comprehensive review that is made public. However, the report highlights the need to ensure these metrics are explained and qualified within the institution’s unique context so as to present a meaningful interpretation. Moreover, evidence must be sensitive to the institution’s mission and the characteristics of entering students and should reflect the educational benefits the institution seeks to provide. Finally, evidence of educational outcomes must be presented systematically and transparently.

NSSE results are meaningful indicators of educational quality and can be used in planning as well as for documenting institutional effectiveness, guiding improvements, and assessing their impact. NSSE data show the levels of engagement of various types of students in effective educational practices during their first and last years of college. Thus, NSSE results are a direct indicator of what students put into their education and an indirect indicator of what they get out of it.

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    NSSE_WSCUC Accreditation_toolkit_2022-23
    (2023-07) Kinzie, Jillian
    Mapping NSSE items to accreditation standards
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    NSSE_SACSCOC Accreditation_toolkit_2022-23
    (National Survey of Student Engagement, 2023-07) Kinzie, Jillian
    Mapping NSSE items to accreditation standards
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    NSSE_NWCCU Accreditation_toolkit_2022-23
    (National Survey of Student Engagement, 2023-07) Kinzie, Jillian
    Mapping NSSE items to accreditation standards
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    NSSE_NECHE Accreditation_toolkit_2022-23
    (2023-07) Kinzie, Jillian
    Mapping NSSE items to accreditation standards
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    NSSE_MSCHE Accreditation_toolkit_2022-23
    (National Survey of Student Engagement, 2023-07) Kinzie, jillian
    Mapping NSSE items to accreditation standards
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    NSSE_HLC Accreditation_toolkit_2022-23
    (National Survey of Student Engagement, 2023-07) Kinzie, jillian
    Accreditation Toolkit mapping NSSE items to standards
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2018- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2018) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation standard for 2018. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2019- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2019) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation standard for 2019. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2011- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2011) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation standard for 2011. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2012- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2012) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation standard for 2012. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2007- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2007) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation standard for 2007. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2009- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2009) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation standard for 2009. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2013- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2013) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation standard for 2013. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2006- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2006) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation standard for 2006. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2016- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2016) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation standard for 2016. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2010- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2010) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation standard for 2010. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2014- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2014) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation standard for 2014. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2015- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2015) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation standard for 2015. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2017- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2017) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation standard for 2017. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.
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    NSSE Accreditation Toolkit 2019- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    (Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 2019) National Survey of Student Engagement
    The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Accreditation Toolkit maps NSSE items to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation standard for 2019. It also overviews recent trends in accreditation, tips for using NSSE data in accreditation, and institutional examples of using NSSE data in accreditation.