Encourage students to participate in National Survey of Student Engagement

On February 13, UW–Madison freshmen and seniors received an invite to share their perspectives on their undergraduate experience by participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

Feedback collected in this survey gives the university insight as to what it is doing well and where it needs to improve, so student participation in the NSSE provides the university with invaluable data for its planning and development efforts. Consequently, those working with freshmen and seniors can encourage these students to respond to the email invite.

To assist in this promotional effort, you can use this link to access a toolkit that contains image files that can be placed in emails, social media, or on the web, and an 8.5 x 11 printable poster. Please link icons to

The NSSE is conducted by Indiana University for hundreds of campuses across the country and is coordinated on the UW–Madison campus by the Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research.

APIR plans to provide major-specific summaries and data that can be used to support assessment activities, program reviews, and other evaluative practices. But to do so, the office will need enough student survey responses to make this information viable and available to campus departments.

Feedback from previous NSSE surveys identified the need for more resources for academic and career advising and led to other student-focused improvements. The survey also helps the university understand the impact of activities outside the classroom and the overall UW–Madison experience for our students.

Campus communication efforts are being focused around the dates that Indiana University sends the email invite and reminders. These efforts include an editorial and ads in The Weekly student e-newsletter, supporting social media efforts, and visual campaign efforts in coordination with University Housing, among others.

For more information about the survey, visit the NSSE website. For questions about the NSSE on campus, contact Sara Lazenby in APIR via at or call 263-5945.