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National Survey of Student Engagement
The National Survey of Student Engagement(NSSE) is designed to obtain, on an annual basis, information from scores of colleges and universities nationwide about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results will provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. While results from individual colleges are not posted, this website offers a terrific pocket guide containing the best questions to ask when visiting and researching colleges.
Colleges of Distinction
Colleges of Distinction highlights colleges that have the following characteristics:
Engaged Students - recruiting and keeping students who want to be engaged
Great Teaching - excellence in teaching undergraduates is a primary mission
Vibrant Communities - residential campuses offering many opportunities for student development
Successful Outcomes - a consistent record of satisfied alumni who excel in their chosen fields.
Colleges that Change Lives
Based on the book by Loren Pope, this website highlights 40 colleges “that change lives” and provides great questions for the college search. Check out http://www.ctcl.com/ctcl_myths.html
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