The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 17th, 2015
The researchers sought to determine what, if any, relationship
existed between student engagement at any given college and how highly
that institution was ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, or Washington Monthly.
Their study examined data on more than 80,000 freshmen and seniors at
64 colleges ranked by each of the three magazines in 2013. The student
data came from that spring’s administration of the National Survey of
Student Engagement, or “Nessie,” which annually asks students a raft of
questions about their campus experiences and their interactions with
students, faculty members, and administrative staff members.
The researchers compared colleges’ rankings and Nessie results using a
formula that took into account differences in the characteristics of
institutions and students. They were scheduled to present their findings
on Friday, at the annual conference of the American Educational