NSSE Honors Consortium


Open Call for Participation in the 2019 NSSE Honors Consortium

We are pleased to announce a call for interested parties at NCHC four-year degree member institutions to join the Honors Consortium for the Spring 2019 administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The NSSE is one of the most widely used surveys of undergraduate student experience in the United States, asking questions on high impact practices and dozens of other items of special interest to honors educators.

This project opens up to participating institutions the possibility of comparing honors to non-honors students on every item in the standard NSSE survey, as well as small set of additional questions designed by a special working group of the NCHC Research Committee.

For full details, please see the Call for Participation document in the table below.

Funding Assistance

NCHC has a small pool of grant funds to help participating institutions cover the fee added to the regular NSSE cost of administration. Honors program leaders who are interested in this project should work to secure commitments from campus stakeholders and submit a signed NSSE data sharing agreement by August 21, 2018 in order to be considered for NCHC grant funds.


NSSE Consortium FAQ's

Does program size matter, and is our program big enough to join the NSSE Honors Consortium?

You will probably want to consider program size when deliberating about whether your institution will join the NSSE Honors Consortium. Smaller programs may benefit less from the potential. If you have, say, 160 honors students, and if about one-fourth of those are seniors (40), and if those forty student respond at the regular rate of response for NSSE, which is about 25 to 30 percent, then that would be 10–12 honors students' worth of senior data to compare to the rest of your senior NSSE respondents. If your honors students have big differences from non-honors students on a given set of survey item, those differences could show up as statistically significant with sample sizes that small, but many people would probably raise doubts about data from samples that small.

If, however, you have a program that's closer to 300 (the average program size among NCHC members), and with 75 or 80 seniors, and thus could be fairly confident of about 20+ senior honors students in the final NSSE sample, it gets a little easier to justify a $400 investment.

For those interested in joining the NSSE Honors Consortium, please contact consortium coordinator Dr. Andrew Cognard-Black, chair of the Research Committee Honors Consortium Working Group.

NSSE Honors Consortium Working Group
Jaclyn Chancey, University of Connecticut
Andrew Cognard-Black (chair), St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Doug Marshall, University of South Alabama
Robert Pampel, Saint Louis University
Philip Phillips, Middle Tennessee State University
José Rodriguez, Florida International University
Michael Sloane, University of Alabama-Birmingham
Betsy Yarrison, University of Baltimore