The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers to improve the quality and accuracy of data, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on colleges and universities. The CDS includes data on student enrollment and persistence, admissions, academic offerings, student life, annual expenses, financial aid, faculty, class size, and degrees conferred.
The Graduating Senior Survey is designed to give students the opportunity to reflect upon their experience at Washburn University and to assess the immediate impact of their undergraduate education. The survey is offered electronically to all seniors who have applied for graduation, and asks students to describe the primary activity of their finalized or most likely plans following graduation. Students are also provided the chance to evaluate the quality of education they received at Washburn and to rate the extent to which they feel prepared in the University Student Learning Outcome areas of communication; critical and creative thinking; information literacy and technology; global citizenship, ethics, and diversity; and quantitative and scientific reasoning. The data are used as part of the University assessment and accountability efforts to improve the college experience for future students.
As of the 2016-2017 academic year, the Graduating Senior Survey will be annual rather than by semester.
Each year, Washburn University surveys its students who graduated during the prior academic year. The purpose of the survey is to get feedback from graduates about their college experiences and their employment history since graduation.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE, pronounced “nessie”) collects data from first-year students and seniors about the nature and quality of their undergraduate experience. In the 2014 survey, nearly 475,000 students from 713 institutions responded to the NSSE survey. Washburn was one of these institutions, participating in NSSE for the sixth time. Washburn also participated in NSSE in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2014, and 2017.
The premise behind NSSE is student engagement, i.e., the frequency with which students participate in activities that represent effective educational practice, is a meaningful indicator of collegiate quality. NSSE’s objective is to provide data to colleges and universities to improve the undergraduate experience. Institutions use NSSE results in many ways to inform accreditation self-studies, assessment activities, general education reform, faculty and staff development, retention efforts, and communication with internal and external stakeholders through initiatives such as the Voluntary System of Accountability.