Student engagement measures have been shown to be excellent predictors of desirable educational outcomes, and in some cases, these measures are being used as a means of institutional accountability. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is one of the most widely used measures of student engagement. In this study, I examine the relationship between NSSE subscale scores and measures of student academic success. I also examine the extent to which pre-college ability and ethnicity moderate the relationship between engagement scores and academic outcomes. Results indicate that the benchmark academic challenge was a significant predictor of freshmen GPA and the benchmark supportive campus environment was a significant predictor of senior GPA. For the outcome of freshmen retention, both supportive campus environment and active and collaborative learning were significant predictors. Pre-college ability was not a significant moderator of the engagement GPA relationship nor was ethnicity a significant moderator of freshmen retention.
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Fursman, P. M. (2012). The National Survey of Student Engagement as a Predictor of Academic Success [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/155/
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