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UW-Eau Claire Students Encouraged to Respond
to National Survey

RELEASED: Jan. 31, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The National Survey of Student Engagement will soon arrive on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus and several hundred other colleges and universities across the country.

"The survey is short but has the potential to make a difference in the quality of undergraduate education at UW-Eau Claire because it asks the kinds of questions that matter to student learning and institutional effectiveness," said Karen Henning, UW-Eau Claire's interim policy and planning analyst.

Questions address topics such as the amount of reading and writing that's required, how often students interact with students from different backgrounds and cultures, the quality of academic advising, and how often students work with faculty on research and other activities.

UW-Eau Claire wants to know how and where students spend their time, the nature and quality of their interactions with faculty and peers, and what they've gained from classes and other aspects of their college experience, Henning said. The answers will help identify areas of teaching, learning and other aspects of campus life that could be improved, she said.

The survey will be sent to a broad cross-section of students who were randomly selected to participate, Henning said, noting that it takes less than 15 minutes to complete via the Web, she said.

The NSSE project is co-sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Pew Forum on Undergraduate Learning. It's administered by the Center for Survey Research at Indiana University and supported in part by a grant from Lumina Foundation for Education.

More information about NSSE is available online or by contacting Henning at (715) 836-5368 or henninkj@uwec.edu.

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