Have we reached peak NSSE?

More trend data from their annual reports: There is a clear decline in the past five years. While some of this is probably due to institutions using the NSSE on a less than annual basis, I think there is a real decline here (the fact that schools may be using it less frequently is also…

College student survey response rates continue to decline

Depressingly, average institutional response rates for the NSSE have dropped over 10 percentage points during the last decade, to 30% in their most recent annual report. While the content of the NSSE leaves much to be desired, their response rates are a good indicator of what is happening across the country on college campuses. Some…

Matching and complex survey data

Several people have asked me about using propensity score matching with complex surveys, and whether/how weights, PSUs and strata should be taken into account. This paper explains how to handle these issues.

Should we be using multiple imputation? Perhaps not

Several years ago I took a missing data workshop from Paul Allison, where he extolled the virtues of MI. He has apparently changed his stance on this, and his intellect is such that we should be paying close attention to what he is saying: http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings12/312-2012.pdf

Measuring college student learning in the UNC system

The General Education Council of the UNC General Administration asked me to give a presentation on issues around measuring student learning in higher education. Slides are here. The state has adopted an ambitious strategic plan; one of their stated strategies is “Become a national leader in the assessment of student learning gains” (p. 44).

Field experiments in postsecondary research

My ASHE paper with Ashley Clayton reviewing field experiments from the past decade can be found here. Bear in mind that it is a very rough draft. We need to go into more detail about how randomization was accomplished, and we haven’t presented the effect sizes yet.