Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) collects information from first-year and senior students about the nature and quality of their undergraduate experience. Since its inception, more than 1,500 bachelor's degree-granting colleges and universities in the United States and Canada have used NSSE to measure the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices that are empirically linked with learning, personal development, and other desired outcomes such as persistence, satisfaction, and graduation.

The study provides information to students and parents in the college search process and gives campuses insight into effective teaching and student learning. Full details of the report can be found on the NSSE Web site at: http://nsse.iub.edu.

NSSE is the most comprehensive assessment of effective practices in higher education, including data this year from 335,702 students at 568 U.S. colleges and universities. The 2013 NSSE survey asked randomly selected freshmen and seniors key questions about their educational experiences.

Hartwick students gave high marks to their experiences concerning: student-faculty interaction and enriching educational experiences.

Hartwick vs. NSSE Group
Response Rate Response Rate (Graph)
58 percent of first-year students and 55% of seniors at Hartwick completed the 2013 NSSE, compared to 26% and 21% of students at other schools surveyed.
Senior Students
Study Abroad Seniors Study Abroad (Graph)
60 percent of Hartwick seniors said they had completed or planned a study abroad experience, compared with only 13 percent of seniors at other schools that were surveyed.
Internships Seniors Internships/Field Experiences (Graph)
67 percent of Hartwick seniors had completed an internship or field experience, compared with only about 48 percent of students at other schools that were surveyed.
Research Seniors Worked with Faculty on Research (Graph)
58 percent of Hartwick seniors had worked with a faculty member on a research project, compared with only about 23 percent of students at other schools that were surveyed.
Senior Capstone Senior Capstone or Thesis (Graph)
94 percent of Hartwick seniors had completed a culminating senior experience: thesis, project, portfolio, capstone course, compared with only about 45 percent of students at other schools that were surveyed.
Leadership Role Seniors Held a Formal Leadership Role (Graph)
65 percent of Hartwick seniors held a formal leadership role in a student organization, compared with only about 34 percent of students at other schools that were surveyed.
Learning Community Seniors Participated in a Learning Community (Graph)
43 percent of Hartwick seniors had participated in a learning community, compared with only about 24 percent of students at other schools that were surveyed.
First-Year Students
Study Abroad First-Year Students Study Abroad (Graph)
11 percent of Hartwick first-year students said they had completed or planned a study abroad experience, compared with only 3 percent of first-year students at other universities in the survey.
Internships First-Year Students Internships/Field Experiences (Graph)
14 percent of Hartwick first-year students had completed or planned to complete an internship or field experience, compared with only about 8 percent of students at other schools that were surveyed.
Research First-Year Students Plan to Work or Have Worked with Faculty on Research (Graph)
8 percent of Hartwick first-year students worked with or planned to work with a faculty member on a research project, compared with only about 5 percent of students at other schoold that were surveyed.
Capstone First-Year Students Plan to Complete a Senior Capstone or Thesis (Graph)
5 percent of Hartwick first-year students completed or planned to complete a culminating senior experience (capstone course, project, theis, portfolio, comprehensive exam, compared with only about 3 percent of students at other schools that were surveyed.
Leadership Role First-Year Students Held a Formal Leadership Role (Graph)
17 percent of Hartwick first-year students held a formal leadership role or planned to in a student organization, compared with only about 12 percent of students at other schools that were surveyed.
Know the Facts.
95The percentage of Hartwick young alumni employed or in grad school within a year of graduation.