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Garvey, Jason C.; Hart, Jeni; Metcalfe, Amy Scott; Fellabaum-Toston, Jennifer – Review of Higher Education, 2019
We examine the American landscape of higher education quantitative research concerning how gender and sex demographic information is collected. We use a directed content analysis to examine the prevalence and operationalization of gender and sex among widely used higher education survey instruments. Our findings illuminate a seemingly haphazard…
Descriptors: Research Problems, Educational Research, Higher Education, Data Collection
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Zilvinskis, John; Louis Rocconi – Review of Higher Education, 2018
College rankings dominate the conversation regarding quality in postsecondary education. However, the criteria used to rank institutions often have nothing to do with the quality of education students receive. A decade ago, Pike (2004) demonstrated that institutional rank had little association with student involvement in educational activities.…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Seniors, Learner Engagement, National Surveys
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Fosnacht, Kevin; Sarraf, Shimon; Howe, Elijah; Peck, Leah K. – Review of Higher Education, 2017
Surveys play an important role in understanding the higher education landscape. About 60 percent of the published research in major higher education journals utilized survey data (Pike, 2007). Institutions also commonly use surveys to assess student outcomes and evaluate programs, instructors, and even cafeteria food. However, declining survey…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Surveys, Response Rates (Questionnaires), Simulation
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Olivas, Michael A. – Review of Higher Education, 2011
In the scholarship of evaluating student assessment, no group does it as well as the Indiana University scholars engaged in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). More than 1,400 institutions employ the NSSE as a tool for better understanding their students' involvement,…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Surveys, National Surveys, College Students
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Campbell, Corbin M.; Cabrera, Alberto F. – Review of Higher Education, 2011
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Benchmarks has emerged as a competing paradigm for assessing institutional effectiveness vis-a-vis the U.S. News & World Report. However, Porter (2009) has critiqued it for failing to meet validity and reliability standards. This study investigated whether the NSSE five benchmarks had construct…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Student Surveys, Learner Engagement, College Seniors
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Porter, Stephen R. – Review of Higher Education, 2011
Using standards established for validation research, I review the theory and evidence underlying the validity argument of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). I use the NSSE because it is the preeminent survey of college students, arguing that if it lacks validity, then so do almost all other college student surveys. I find that it…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, College Students, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes