The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers to improve the quality and accuracy of data, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on colleges and universities. The CDS includes data on student enrollment and persistence, admissions, academic offerings, student life, annual expenses, financial aid, faculty, class size, and degrees conferred.
Each year, Washburn University surveys its students who graduated during the prior academic year. The purpose of the survey is to get feedback from graduates about their college experiences and their employment history since graduation.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE, pronounced “nessie”) collects data from first-year students and seniors about the nature and quality of their undergraduate experience. In the 2011 survey, over one-half million students from 751 institutions responded to the NSSE survey. Washburn was one of these institutions, participating in NSSE for the sixth time. Washburn also participated in NSSE in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007.
The premise behind NSSE is student engagement, i.e., the frequency with which students participate in activities that represent effective educational practice, is a meaningful indicator of collegiate quality. NSSE’s objective is to provide data to colleges and universities to improve the undergraduate experience. Institutions use NSSE results in many ways to inform accreditation self-studies, assessment activities, general education reform, faculty and staff development, retention efforts, and communication with internal and external stakeholders through initiatives such as the Voluntary System of Accountability.
Each fall and spring term, public and independent postsecondary education institutions in Kansas report enrollment data as of the census reporting date (the 20th day of class) including enrollment by full-time and part-time status and by resident and non-resident status.