The recently released 2003 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), headquartered at the IU School of Education in Bloomington, offers up some interesting information about electronic plagiarism, diversity and student-professor interaction in American higher education delivery.
Eighty-seven percent of college students surveyed reported that their peers sometimes “copy and paste” information from the Web for reports and papers—without citing sources.
Eighty-three percent of higher education students reported frequently using the Web to obtain resources for their classes, and 80 percent said their instructors often require them to use computer conferencing, the Internet and other forms of information technology to complete assignments.
• Intercollegiate athletes are generally as engaged in learning activities as other students;
• Men are generally less engaged than women, especially in the areas of academic challenge and enriching educational experiences;
• Less than half of seniors frequently have serious conversations with students from different racial or ethnic backgrounds;
• And more than one-third of all seniors only occasionally get prompt feedback from faculty members.
NSSE’s director is George Kuh, Chancellor’s Professor of higher education at IU Bloomington. For the expanded report, go to