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Why NASCE?

An institution’s NASCE results paint a comprehensive picture of how meaningfully engaged its students are, across 9 areas of human need. At the institutional level, the survey examines how well a college or university promotes and accommodates community service activities, and attempts to understand how existing service-learning and community engagement structures influence service participation and depth of involvement.

  • Web-based, customizeable, and affordable assessment tool for community engagement
  • Measures breadth and depth of community engagement through unique POP Score
  • Comparative dataset of more than 50 institutions and over 27,000 student responses
  • Assesses service activities across 9 areas of human need, for identifying best practices and establishing where to focus improvement efforts
  • Assesses attitudes towards service, motivations/obstacle to serving, and how students hear about service opportunities
  • Institutional-specific questions about curricular and co-curricular community engagement
  • Provides individual-level data for drawing conclusions about student sub-sets and the student body as a whole
  • Establishes set of baseline data, to incorporate into strategic plan and benchmark for improvements.
  • Paves the way for informed decisions and realistic goal-setting about campus-wide community engagement

The instrument was developed and tested by Dr. Don Levy, Director of the Siena College Research Institute, and Dr. Mathew Johnson, Sociology Professor and Director of Siena College Academic Community Engagement.