NSSE survey can help shape CSU experience

csu-logoAs part of CSU’s commitment to improving the undergraduate experience and helping students successfully complete their program of study, every three to four years Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness  asks students to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). It is a brief and confidential online survey that helps us to better understand our campus environment and student behavior by asking students about their study habits, educational plans and experiences, how they spend their time, and their satisfaction with the campus, the faculty and the curriculum.

While results serve as an important data source for various levels of accreditation and program review, they are most importantly used to improve the educational experience.  For example, in the past, results have influenced conversations about diversity, experiential learning and the availability of academic resources/support outside of the classroom.  Students have the opportunity to help make CSU a better place for current and future students.

Invitation from the President

Feb. 16, 2016, all first-year, second-year, and senior undergraduates will receive an invitation from the President, via email, to participate in the survey.  Students can access the survey from their email or from RAMweb. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a lottery drawing to win one of five iPad tablets.

CSU hopes to reach a 40 percent response rate, 4 percentage points higher than in 2012.  Student participation is voluntary and highly valued, and faculty promotion of the survey in large 100 level courses and upper-division courses (with mostly seniors) could be most influential on the response rate.

If you have any questions about CSU’s participation in the NSSE please contact Laura Jensen, the Associate Provost of IRP&E, at L.Jensen@colostate.edu.  Data analyses will be distributed in the fall and utilized in the program review process.