University-wide Assessment Instruments

Institutional Research & Effectiveness administers university-level assessments, including national surveys and standardized tests. The staff in Institutional Effectiveness are happy to help each academic program and academic support unit identify their target populations in the results of these instruments and provide guidance on how to incorporate these results into the annual IE report process.

Assessment Instruments & Results

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness responsibilities include tasks pertaining to both assessment and institutional effectiveness. OIE conducts and facilitates assessment testing campus-wide. Assessment results are shared with the faculty, appropriate administrators, and other relevant offices and are used to enhance student learning and strategic planning.

Student Exit Survey Results

Students are asked to complete the exit surveys at the same time that they apply for graduation. Survey results are compiled by semester and then rolled up into one academic year. The following results provide information at the University level, and each academic program receives a report of its graduates during the year. Many of the academic programs use these results in their annual IE reports.

Undergraduate Exit Survey Summary Graduate Exit Survey Summary

ETS Proficiency Profile

Members of the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness administer this test to first-year students in the fall and senior students in the spring, representing all colleges at the university. This test evaluates four core skill areas: reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics, along with context-based areas of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. MSU’s results are also benchmarked against our Carnegie peers. Individual ETS reports share results for several academic programs that use these data in their annual IE reports. Furthermore, the university-level results are used as part of the University’s General Education program.

The ETS Proficiency Profile scores first-year and senior students based on their proficiency in reading and critical thinking, writing, and mathematics across three levels of competency (Level 3 being the most difficult level). For the purposes of MSU's assessment, all seniors, including those who have transferred in coursework, are able to complete the exam; however, only those seniors who have not transferred coursework are used as our comparison with first-year students. Each year, MSU evaluates what percentage of our first-year and non-transfer seniors students are proficient in reading, writing, and mathematics. These percentages can be compared to our Carnegie peers in the R1 and R2 classifications. The table below provides the average proficiency of MSU students compared to Carnegie peers from 2012-2017. As is evidenced in these data, MSU's first-year students start at a level below our Carnegie peers; however, MSU seniors surpass our Carnegie peers in all areas except for Critical Thinking and Level 3 Mathematics.

Percentage of students who were determined to be 'Proficient' at each of the three levels in Reading, Writing, and Math. This chart compares MSU students to Carnegie Peers.

NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement)

The NSSE measures students’ engagement with coursework and studies and how the university motivates students to participate in activities that enhance student learning. This survey is used to identify practices that institutions can adopt or reform to improve the learning environment for students. Each year, the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness deploys the online survey to freshmen and seniors. The institution then compares its results to a group of peers from the same Carnegie classification, from a peer group determined by the NSSE examiners, and from a group of peers that MSU has identified. Individual reports are created for units that use the results for their annual IE reports. Certain questions are utilized in several university-wide assessment activities, such as the Maroon & Write Quality Enhancement Plan and the General Education Assessment Plan.

FSSE (Faculty Survey of Student Engagement)

Last Updated: August 26, 2019