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December 20, 2014

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Last chance for students to share opinions in NSSE survey

Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing

Mar 24/14

The deadline for first-year and final-year students to participate in the†2014 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is fast-approaching.†

Survey invitations were emailed to 5,100 first-year students and 3,600 senior students on behalf of Laurier President Max Blouw during the last week of February. Students will be sent a final reminder email March 25 and will be able to complete the survey until March 31.†

As appreciation for participating in NSSE,†all students who complete the survey will be entered into a draw to win one of three iPad Air tablets†worth approximately $550 each.

NSSE gathers data from undergraduate students in their first year and final year of study. Laurier joins approximately 70 Canadian and 640 US universities and colleges will be administering NSSE in 2014.

The questions asked in NSSE cover a wide range of activities and experiences both inside and outside the classroom, covering topics such as academic challenges, experiences with faculty and campus environment. The survey measures the extent to which students engage in activities associated with effective educational practices, which are linked to student satisfaction, persistence and graduation. Laurier will use the results of the 2014 NSSE to assess student engagement and identify areas where institutional improvement can be made.

Laurierís participation in NSSE 2014 will mark the fourth time the survey has been administered to undergraduate students (participation previously took place in 2006, 2008 and 2011).†Student participation in NSSE is completely voluntary, and all survey responses are strictly confidential. Laurier's Research Ethics Board has approved the administration of this survey.

NSSE results provide valuable information on the benefits students receive from their academic and student life experience at Laurier, and identify areas where further improvements can be made. Accordingly, participation in this survey is important and encouraged, as it is a valuable tool for helping make Laurier a stronger institution for both current and future students.

Since 2000, over 1,500 institutions have participated in this survey.†For more information on NSSE, contact Wally Pirker in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at wpirker@wlu.ca or ext. 2036.†


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