Seton Hill University (SHU) freshmen and seniors are invited to take the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), a survey that gathers feedback on students’ undergraduate experience with education and the campus environment. Eligible students will receive an email invitation with a link to the survey.
The official NSSE site defines student engagement as “the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities,” as well as “how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities that decades of research studies show are linked to student learning.”
“The survey has a broad scope, with hundreds of colleges and universities participating each year. The main reason Seton Hill is participating is because we want to learn more about you so we can provide valuable information about our students to people who make decisions on campus,” said Edith Cook, SHU Institutional Researcher.
SHU will share the information from the survey with faculty, staff, student leaders and other groups who have a vested interest in what the undergraduate experience is like at SHU.
“The more we know about our students, the more likely it is that faculty, academic and student life staff and others, can understand the things we are doing well and plan for improvements,” said Cook.
According to Cook, it is important for students to complete the survey so that the SHU faculty and staff can know what areas of education and campus and environment are doing well and should be continued, as well as what areas need improved. Completing the survey will provide SHU with helpful feedback to assist in creating and maintaining a successful and enjoyable undergraduate experience.
“Seton Hill allocates the resources to participate in the NSSE project because we want to know what you think about your education and learn more about your well-being while you are here,” said Cook.
The NSSE project is located at Indiana University, whose original staff was requested to do this study by the philanthropic organization Pew Charitable Trusts.