NSSE: The survey that makes a difference
Starting February 8, U of T will be participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey, sent to first- and fourth-year students at all North American peer universities, asks students how they engage with faculty, staff and services across U of T.
“NSSE gives us the opportunity to really understand the student experience,” says Professor Sandy Welsh, Vice-Provost, Students. “We hear a first-hand account from the student perspective and are able to identify our strengths as well as areas that can be improved. It’s an incredibly valuable resource.”
With questions about student-faculty interaction, active and collaborative learning and what makes a supportive campus environment, NSSE also informs the work of the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation. The data collected helps instructors have a deeper understanding of how to support students and translate knowledge into practical teaching techniques.
In order to participate, students will get an email from the President on February 8 inviting them to click on the provided link. Students who complete the survey will get a 20 per cent discount to the ROM and be entered into a draw for prizes including gift cards, an iPad and more.
This is the sixth time U of T has taken part in the survey, developed by the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University. More than 1,500 higher education institutions in the United States and Canada have used the survey to measure the quality of the student experience both inside and alongside the classroom.
Results from the 2014 survey can be found on the Vice-President & Provost website.