Dr. Miller prepared a presentation titled “What can NSSE Tell Us About Student Retention?”
NSSE is the National Survey of Student Engagement and it has been administered 4 times at UNF: 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2014. The survey is a proxy for learning by measuring student participation in programs and activities that promote learning and personal development.
Dr. Miller shared the instrument and an overview of the results as compared to our SUS peers. The bottom line is that UNF’s senior year is pretty good, although UNF’s freshman year is in need of attention. This could be a good place to start with retention question: How to make the first year more engaging to hook them and keep the best and brightest students from 1st year to stay to senior year at UNF.
Discussion following presentation: How can faculty who teach in upper level programs help students in their first year? Potentially have a freshman level course for those thinking about an upper level program. Discussion about how to get data driven indicators to tell us which students we are losing from freshman to senior year. Discussion on housing requirement for first year students at UNF, and that impact to which students we have lost locally.