Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice

Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research


The benchmarks are based on 42 key questions from the NSSE survey that capture many vital aspects of the student experience. These student behaviors and institutional features are some of the more powerful contributors to learning and personal development.



One major component to engagement is communication, including student-faculty interaction and collaborative learning.

APA Citation

National Survey of Student Engagement. (2012). Benchmarks of effective educational practice.

About the Study

Links to Article
Publication Type Report
In Publication National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Type of Research Quantitative
Research Design Survey research (qualitative or quantitative)
Intervention/Areas of Study
Level of Analysis Student-level
Specific Populations Examined Undergraduates
Peer-Reviewed Unknown
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest
Specific Course or Program Characteristics
Outcome Variables of Interest
Student Sample Size 500 +
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