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Student engagement survey opens Feb. 28

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) will open on February 28 for all senior and first-year students at WSU, offering WSU an important opportunity to hear the student voice.

Senior and first-year students will receive an email from President Schulz with a link to the survey. The survey link will also be available through myWSU and in social media posts. The survey will remain active through April 15 and students who complete the NSSE will be entered into a drawing for one of seventeen $100 Visa gift cards, based on campus.

NSSE assesses the extent to which first-year and senior students engage in coursework and high-impact educational activities, also asking seniors about their future plans. This year students will respond to questions about their experience with writing.

Past NSSE surveys have provided information that led to major programming changes and enhanced student experiences.

“Feedback we’ve received in the past has contributed to programs like the First-Year Focus, Common Reading, and Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), among many others,” says Mary Wack, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

The Office of the Provost sponsors the survey, which provides valuable data that can be analyzed for WSU’s campuses, colleges, UCORE, student affairs groups, and, depending on response rates, for academic departments and schools. The survey takes place every other year and university and campus results are shared with WSU in late summer; additional internal reports are produced in fall and spring.

Faculty and staff can join the effort by encouraging senior and first-year students to complete the NSSE. Promotional materials are available, and further information is available at

Strong response rates give WSU better information about the undergraduate educational experience, and the Provost encourages faculty and staff to assist with survey promotion.