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Survey Development

Survey Project Development

The NSSE instrument, The College Student Report, was a national survey of undergraduate quality that would eventually be administered to representative samples of students at American colleges and universities by an independent (not-for -profit) authority. The field tests were coordinated by Peter Ewell of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) and George Kuh of the Center for Post-secondary Research and School of Education at Indiana University.

To begin the process of developing the survey, The Pew Trusts engaged NCHEMS to coordinate the development of a survey instrument, to convene a series of meetings designed to test its utility and feasibility, to select a strategy for pilot administration, and to determine who should pilot the survey. In the late spring of 1998, NCHEMS project staff convened the Design Team consisting of Alexander Astin, Gary Barnes, Arthur Chickering, Peter Ewell, John Gardner, George Kuh, Richard Light and Ted Marchese with input from C. Robert Pace to help draft a survey instrument.