With the ISSE 2018 survey results for NCI expected to arrive later this summer, it makes sense to start taking a closer look at where we stand in terms of recently published data.
As noted previously, 847 NCI students took part in ISSE 2018, a response rate of 25.1%, while the average response rate across the sector was recently revealed as 29.4%. Thus, while our own response rate went up, with the absolute number of NCI students responding increasing significantly, we continue to trail behind the national average, as illustrated in the following PPT slide:
This is partly why we set a response rate target of 30% for NCI, i.e. to get closer to the national average; if anything, the gap between NCI and the national average is growing, so that is something which needs to be tackled with renewed vigour.
One of the ongoing projects in the weeks and months ahead will be to compare and contrast what our students are telling us with what the picture is nationally. Recently tweeted by @StudentSurveyIE, the overarching depictions of the 2017 and 2016 survey results will be among the resources we’ll be using to assess where we stand.
As illustrated below, these user-friendly gauges need to be part of the conversation that we have with our own students when it comes to ISSE specifically, and learner feedback more generally. It is also part of the ‘virtuous circle’ narrative supporting feedback from students through a process of ongoing communication and interaction, thereby enabling its promotion, completion and evaluation, as well as appropriate action in the light of what it is telling us.