Institutional assessment data

Assessment is conducted across various entities on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, including degree programs, the Core Curriculum, Student Services, and our library system. Moreover, a number of our colleges undertake rigorous assessment projects for the purposes of professional accreditation.

Besides reports submitted for the Voluntary System of Accountability and the Student Achievement Measure, assessment at the institutional level also involves a number of examinations and surveys.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This is given every 4 years, most recently in Spring 2013. NSSE is a survey specially designed for students to provide information about their undergraduate experience and asks students' opinions on the quality of their education, how they interact with faculty and other students, and how they manage their time. The NSSE is an expectation for public institutions that are members of the Voluntary System of Accountability, and public institutions can be compared in the College Portrait.

Educational Testing Service - Proficiency Profile (ETS-PP). This exam is given every 4 years, with the next administration in Fall 2014 (Freshman) and Spring 2015 (Seniors). It offers a measure of Student Learning Gains in critical thinking, writing, and quantitative reasoning.

Cooperative Institutional Research Institute (CIRP). A comprehensive survey run by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, this includes the Freshman Survey, Your First College Year Survey, the Diverse Learning Environments Survey, and the College Senior Survey.

Graduate Application Survey. Given at the time of completion of the graduation application until 2014, this survey collected data on post-graduation plans. Results of the following surveys are available to University of Nevada, Reno faculty with an active NetID and password.

Alumni Survey (Replaced in 2015 by the Outcomes Survey, Administered by the Career Studio). This was given one year after graduation until 2014 and presented an alumnus's summative evaluation of the University of Nevada, Reno experience and how it prepared him/her for a career. This survey also included some program-specific questions. For more information on the Outcomes Survey, see the Nevada Career Studio.

Employer Survey. This survey was an assessment of an alumnus's academic and career preparation by his/her employer. It was given one year after graduation until 2011.