Over the next few weeks, randomly selected first-year and senior students at The University of Texas-Pan American, as well as students from more than 300 other colleges and universities across the nation, can share their views on what they have to say about their educational experience.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) will provide a short survey called "The College Student Report." The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete and is available in paper and web versions.
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 of these activities are directly related to desired outcomes of college. For this reason, the survey is sort of an anonymous suggestion box.
The results get the attention of people who can make changes for the better. Among the other groups interested in what students have to say about their experience are accrediting bodies, governmental agencies, and prospective students.
For more information about the NSSE, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~nsse/