Student engagement survey: Turning the focus on the UW experience

Feb. 26, 2014

There are times when UW-Madison finds itself under the figurative lens of a research study. In this case, it’s a national survey directed towards freshmen and seniors – asking for their candid and confidential thoughts on their experiences here.

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Last week, freshmen and seniors at UW-Madison received an email invitation to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey explores student perceptions about academics, learning communities, interactions with faculty and experiences that happen outside of the classroom.

While NSSE is a national survey, the responses are reviewed and acted on right here at UW-Madison.

Students from previous surveys identified the need for more academic and career advising on campus and additional resources for first-year students.

With that detail, campus responded through First-Year Interest Groups, further development of the Center for the First-Year Experience and more. Now it is time for a new set of students to share their perspective so their responses can help shape the future of UW.

NSSE will send students who have not yet completed the survey email reminders. In addition students who complete the survey by April 10 can enter a drawing for one of 20 Wiscard gift carts worth $50.

The administration of the survey continues through April and is coordinated by the Office of the Provost with support from Christopher Olsen, interim vice provost for teaching and learning, and Lori Berquam, vice provost for student life and dean of students.