MAILED: March 8, 2001
Over the next few weeks students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and more than 300 other colleges and universities across the nation will share their views by participating in completing a short survey called The College Student Report 2001 National Survey of Student Engagement, administered by the Center for Postsecondary Research and Planning.
Surveys were mailed to 1,400 randomly selected first-year and senior students at UW-Eau Claire in early February. The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete. The questions are about how and where students spend their time, the nature and quality of their interactions with faculty members and peers, and what they have gained from their classes and other aspects of their college experience.
All these activities are directly related to desired outcomes of college, said Provost Ronald Satz. Taking the time to complete and return the survey will help us a great deal in providing enhanced educational opportunities for students.
The survey results will give valuable information about the extent to which students participate in classroom and campus activities that research studies show are important to learning.
According to institutional planner Kay Magadance, the National Survey of Student Engagement is the only instrument that seeks input from students regarding how they are engaged in learning. The analysis of the 2001 data is expected this summer.
It will provide us with a look at how were doing regarding student/faculty research collaboration and other out-of-class experiences, she said. The data will be of special interest to the Assessment Committee and our recruitment and retention efforts.
Other groups that are interested in what students say about their experience are accrediting bodies, governmental agencies and prospective students. The survey presents a different picture of college quality from that provided by some national news magazines, which rate colleges largely on the basis of the resources they have accumulated and their reputations.
This is the second year the survey has been administered and the first year UW-Eau Claire has participated. All UW System schools are participating in this years survey, and the UW System is helping to support the effort.
The National Survey of Student Engagement is supported by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts and is cosponsored by the Pew Forum on Undergraduate Learning and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Additional information about the National Survey of Student Engagement is available on the Web, (www.indiana.edu/~nsse/ ).
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 8, 2001