The National Survey on Student Engagement assesses the level of student involvement and engagement in educationally effective activities.
In 2008 and 2011, every university in Ontario participated in NSSE (pronounced "Nessie"). This allows OCAD University to benchmark its results against all Ontario universities. OCAD U can also benchmark its results against other groups made up of a selection of institutions from the over 500 universities across North America that participate in NSSE (e.g., Art and Design institutions).
Every university has a different mandate and different circumstances: urban/suburban, commuter/residential, large/small, etc. These characteristics need to be considered when institutions are compared.
NSSE 2011 (PDF)
NSSE 2008 (PDF)