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NSSE 2016

National Survey of Student Engagement

Calling CU Denver freshmen and seniors ...

We want your feedback—and there are prizes involved!

This is your opportunity to tell us what you think about your CU Denver educational program and student service experiences.

  • Watch for an email from
  • Click the link to complete the survey by March 11, 2016.
  • Give your feedback on your college experience.
  • You'll be automatically entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Prior NSSE surveys helped to:

  • Improve orientations for new students,
  • Improve and centralize student services and
  • Enhance admission and transition of transfer students to CU Denver.


Why do the NSSE?

One of CU Denver’s strategic priorities is to “deliver an outstanding and innovative educational experience. Administering the the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE, pronounced "Nessie") allows the university to assess student experiences and identify areas for improvement and of excellence.


Conceived in 1998 and supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the NSSE was first piloted in 1999. Since then, it has become a gold standard for institutions gathering information from students with the goals of improving undergraduate education, facilitating benchmarking and responding to external constituencies.

CU Denver and the NSSE

The University of Colorado Denver has been administering the NSSE since 2001, although not annually or on a set schedule as of yet. While results of previous NSSE administrations had been shared with various campus groups, relatively low response rates for administrations prior to 2008 were problematic.
With the support of the Survey Working Group, efforts were undertaken to engage students, faculty, and staff in the NSSE administration. The result: the 2013 administration response rate improved dramatically, from 33 percent compared to 20 percent.
This 2013 administration of the NSSE continues the tradition of engaging with students, advisors, faculty and staff to ensure success and a continued commitment to disseminating NSSE data and facilitating a campus dialog about the findings.

What's Next?

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