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Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP)

The CIRP Freshman Survey is designed for administration to incoming first-year students before they start classes at the University of South Carolina. The instrument collects extensive information that allows for a snapshot of what incoming students are like before they experience college. Key sections of the survey examine:

  • Established behaviors in high school
  • Academic preparedness
  • Admissions decisions
  • Expectations of college
  • Interactions with peers and faculty
  • Student values and goals
  • Student demographic characteristics
  • Concerns about financing college

Participating in the CIRP Freshman Survey provides an institutional profile, which includes institutional results broken out by sex, full and part-time status, comparisons with other similar institutions, significance testing, effect sizes, CIRP Constructs and Theme reports, a data file of student responses, a PowerPoint presentation, a Graduation Rate Calculator; and a monograph summarizing the national results.

To learn more about the CIRP, please visit the Higher Education Research Institute website: http://www.heri.ucla.edu/


National Survey of Student Engagement

Through its student survey, The College Student Report, NSSE annually collects information at the university about first-year and senior students' participation in programs and activities that the University of South Carolina provides for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.

NSSE provides the institution with a variety of reports that compares University of South Carolina students' responses with those of students at self-selected groups of comparison institutions.
Survey items from the NSSE represent empirically confirmed "good practices" in undergraduate education. NSSE does not assess student learning directly, but survey results point to areas where the university is performing well and aspects of the undergraduate experience that could be improved.

To learn more about NSSE, please visit the National Survey of Student Engagement website: http://nsse.indiana.edu/

Respondent Profile - NSSE 2017

A total of 431 first-year students and 638 seniors responded to the NSSE Survey in 2017.  The overall response rate was 9%, with 8% of surveyed first-year students responding and 9.3% of surveyed seniors responding.  A basic breakdown of respondents looks like this:

  • First-Year Students
    • 64% Female; 36% Male
    • 69% White; 5% Two or more races/ethnicities; 6% Black or African American; 5% Hispanic or Latino; 10% Asian; 5% Unknown race/ethnicity
    • 94% full-time; 6% part-time
  • Seniors
    • 63% Female; 37% Male
    • 75% White; 12% Black or African American; 4% Hispanic or Latino; 4% Two or more races/ethnicities; 3% Asian; 2% Unknown race/ethnicity
    • 92% full-time; 8% part-time

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is an annual survey administered at colleges and universities nationwide that assesses the extent to which students engage in educationally effective activities. The guiding premise is that student participation in these activities at reasonable levels is a meaningful proxy for collegiate quality.

NSSE 2017 Reports

Snapshot

Multi-Year Report

Engagement Indicators

High-Impact Practices

Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

Selected Comparison Groups

Respondent Profile - NSSE 2015

A total of 1,285 first-year students and 1,822 seniors completed NSSE in 2015.  The overall response rate was 23%, with 23% of surveyed first-year students responding and 23% of surveyed seniors responding.  A basic breakdown of respondents looks like this:

  • First-Year Students
    • 54% Female; 46% Male
    • 79% White; 6% Two or more races/ethnicities; 6% Black or African American; 4% Hispanic or Latino; 3% Asian; 1% Unknown race/ethnicity
    • 98% full-time; 2% part-time
  • Seniors
    • 55% Female; 45% Male
    • 79% White; 8% Black or African American; 5% Hispanic or Latino; 5% Two or more races/ethnicities; 2% Asian; 1% Unknown race/ethnicity
    • 92% full-time; 8% part-time

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is an annual survey administered at colleges and universities nationwide that assesses the extent to which students engage in educationally effective activities. The guiding premise is that student participation in these activities at reasonable levels is a meaningful proxy for collegiate quality.


NSSE 2015 Reports

Snapshot

Engagement Indicators

High-Impact Practices

Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

Selected Comparison Groups

Respondent Profile - NSSE 2014

A total of 348 first-year students and 546 seniors completed NSSE in 2014.  The overall response rate was 22%, with 17% of surveyed first-year students responding and 27% of surveyed seniors responding.  A basic breakdown of respondents looks like this:

  • First-Year Students
    • 64% Female; 36% Male
    • 79% White; 11% Two or more races/ethnicities; 5% Black or African American; 4% Hispanic or Latino; 1% Unknown race/ethnicity
    • 97% full-time; 3% part-time
  • Seniors
    • 65% Female; 35% Male
    • 76% White; 12% Black or African American; 5% Hispanic or Latino; 5% Two or more races/ethnicities; 1% American Indian or Alaska Native; 1% Unknown race/ethnicity
    • 92% full-time; 8% part-time

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is an annual survey administered at colleges and universities nationwide that assesses the extent to which students engage in educationally effective activities. The guiding premise is that student participation in these activities at reasonable levels is a meaningful proxy for collegiate quality.


NSSE 2014 Reports

Snapshot

Engagement Indicators

High-Impact Practices

Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

Selected Comparison Groups

Topical Modules

Respondent Profile - NSSE 2013

A total of 289 first-year students and 385 seniors completed NSSE in 2013.  The overall response rate was 16%, with 14% of surveyed first-year students responding and 18% of surveyed seniors responding.  A basic breakdown of respondents looks like this:

  • First-Year Students
    • 71% Female; 29% Male
    • 78% White; 8% Black or African American; 5% Two or more races/ethnicities; 5% Hispanic or Latino; 4% Foreign or nonresident alien
    • 98% full-time; 2% part-time
  • Seniors
    • 68% Female; 32% Male
    • 79% White; 9% Black or African American; 6% Hispanic or Latino; 4% Two or more races/ethnicities; 1% Foreign or nonresident alien
    • 96% full-time; 4% part-time

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is an annual survey administered at colleges and universities nationwide that assesses the extent to which students engage in educationally effective activities. The guiding premise is that student participation in these activities at reasonable levels is a meaningful proxy for collegiate quality.

NSSE 2013 Reports


Snapshot

Engagement Indicators

High-Impact Practices

Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

Selected Comparison Groups

Topical Modules

Respondent Profile - NSSE 2012

A total of 503 first-year students and 539 seniors completed NSSE in 2012.  The overall response rate was 26%, with 25% of surveyed first-year students responding and 27% of surveyed seniors responding.  A basic breakdown of respondents looks like this:

  • First-Year Students
    • 68% Female; 32% Male
    • 76% White (non-Hispanic); 8% Black/African American; 5% Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander; 1% Mexican/Mexican American; 1% Puerto Rican; 2% Other Hispanic or Latino; 2% Multiracial; 2% Other; 4% I prefer not to respond
    • 98% full-time; 2% part-time
  • Seniors
    • 67% Female; 33% Male
    • 76% White (non-Hispanic); 8% Black/African American; 5% Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander; 1% Other Hispanic or Latino; 3% Multiracial; 5% I prefer not to respond
    • 94% full-time; 6% part-time

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is an annual survey administered at colleges and universities nationwide that assesses the extent to which students engage in educationally effective activities. The guiding premise is that student participation in these activities at reasonable levels is a meaningful proxy for collegiate quality.

NSSE 2012 Reports


Benchmark Comparisons

Frequency Distributions

Mean Comparisons

Selected Comparison Groups

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