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NSSE Benchmarks for CSULB Students versus Students at Other Institutions

As stated in the Overview of the NSSE, certain items in the survey instrument were used to compute five benchmark areas.The tables below contain comparative results for students at CSULB, the CSU, Carnegie Class (Masters Granting Institutions), and all NSSE Institutions in 2008. The scores are scaled from 1-100.

Level of Academic Challenge

Active and Collaborative Learning

Student Faculty Interaction

Enriching Educational Experiences

Supportive Campus Environment

 Level of Academic Challenge CSULB  CSU  Carnegie Class NSSE
Freshmen
50.7
51.7
51.8
52.9
Seniors
56.5
56.5
56.1
56.5

Level of Academic Challenge: Index that measures time spent preparing for class, amount of reading and writing, deep

learning, and institutional expectations for academic performance.

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Active and Collaborative Learning CSULB  CSU  Carnegie Class NSSE
Freshmen
40.7
43.5
42.3
42.5
Seniors
47.2
50.6
51.4
50.8

Active and Collaborative Learning: Index that measures extent of class participation, working collaboratively with other students inside and outside of class, tutoring and involvement with a community-based project.

 

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Student-Faculty Interaction CSULB  CSU  Carnegie Class NSSE
Freshmen
29.2
32.1
34.2
34.7
Seniors
34.6
37.9
41.2
42.3

Student-Faculty Interaction: Index that measures extent of talking with faculty members and advisors, discussing ideas from classes with faculty members outside of class, getting prompt feedback on academic performance, and working with faculty on research projects.

 

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Enriching Educational Experiences CSULB  CSU  Carnegie Class NSSE
Freshmen
26.9
26.0
26.4
27.5
Seniors
35.5
36.6
37.8
40.5

Enriching Educational Experiences: Index that measures extent of interaction with students of different racial or ethnic backgrounds or with different political opinions or values, using electronic technology, and participating in activities such as internships, community service, study abroad, co-curricular activities, and culminating senior experience.

 

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Supportive Campus Environment CSULB  CSU  Carnegie Class NSSE
Freshmen
59.0
58.8
60.4
61.1
Seniors
57.3
54.5
57.3
58.0

Supportive Campus Environment: Index that measures extent to which students perceive the campus helps them succeed academically and socially, assists them in coping with non-academic responsibilities, and promotes supportive relations among students and their peers, faculty members, and administrative personnel and offices.