National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

NSSE 2010 Student Engagement at Mercer

Mercer scored higher than its peer institutions on NSSE's 5 benchmarks of effective educational practice:

  1. Level of Academic Challenge
  2. Active and collaborative Learning
  3. Student-Faculty Interaction
  4. Enriching Educational Experiences
  5. Supportive Campus Environment

The links to the right contain Mercer’s scores on NSSE items in the above benchmark categories. Click here to view the entire list of NSSE items Mercer's mean scores.

The NSSE, administered annually to first year and senior students, assesses student involvement in the educational opportunities provided by colleges and universities nationwide.

The National Survey of Student Engagement project, supported by a grant from the PEW Charitable Trusts, was first conceived in 1998. Since its inception in 2000, over 1,400 different colleges and universities have participated in the NSSE. Detailed information concerning the NSSE and its role in measuring the effectiveness of higher education can be found at

Colleges and universities are finding that the NSSE is an effective tool to understand and improve the undergraduate experience. Perspective students and their parents can also use the results to gain insight into how students at different institutions spend their time and what students feel they have gained from their educational environment.

Mercer's peer group is defined by the Carnegie Classification of Master's Institution, which are institutions with diverse post-baccalaureate programs (including first-professional), but are not engaged in significant doctoral-level education.