Foundations fo Excellence

Surveys and Data

The survey components of the Foundations of Excellence in the First-Year project were designed to provide the empirical basis for determining MTSU's level of achievement on the nine performance indicators outlined by the project. This research portion of the project collected data from several sources, including the chief academic officer, chief student affairs administrator, faculty and students. Information from faculty and administrators was gathered by the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at Pennsylvania State University, the Policy Center's research partner in the Foundations of Excellence project. A random sample of MTSU faculty received this survey during March, 2004, with instructions to return the survey directly to CSHE. For more information, click here.

Student engagement in the campus was measured through administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The NSSE is designed to assess five factors that have been found to positively impact success in college: level of academic challenge, enriching educational experiences, student-faculty interaction, active and collaborative learning, and a supportive campus environment. The NSSE was administered to a sample of MTSU students during the spring semester, 2004. For more information about the NSSE, please go to