Student Engagement

The primary institutional level tool used to measure student engagement at Colorado State University is the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The NSSE collects information from first-year and senior undergraduates at hundreds of universities about their participation in programs and activities relevant to their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how students spend their time (which we know influences their success) and can be used as an indirect measure of student learning and development. The most critical items are used to build five ‘Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice’ which are believed to reflect student behaviors and institutional features that are powerful contributors to student learning and personal development. For more information regarding the benchmarks or additional survey description please visit the NSSE web page at

This web page provides links to all of CSU’s NSSE results and special research projects completed with the NSSE data. Campus programs interested in researching specific CSU populations using the NSSE results are welcome to contact the Office of Institutional Research.

CSU NSSE Results

(Mouse over a report name for a description. Click the green ball to download the report in Excel format.)

2001 2002 2003 2005 2007 2008 2009 2012
Benchmark Comparisons Report
Mean and Frequency Report
Multi-year Benchmark Report
Respondent Characteristics
Selected Comparison Groups

NSSE Research Papers

NSSE Research Briefs

NSSE 2012 Subgroup Analyses