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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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Using the NSSE Survey

Even without data from an individual school, the NSSE can be helpful to students and families in a couple of ways. For starters, the annual reports include methods that some schools are using to improve the way they educate kids.

One recent report, for instance, discussed how the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota, after spotting trends in its NSSE data, introduced a first-year experience for freshmen that included seminars and residential learning communities. The university also restructured its graduation requirements by adding an extra English course and requiring more writing in its capstone courses. In reaction to NSSE findings, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, boosted its efforts ...

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