Survey seeks opinions of BU freshmen, seniors

Survey seeks opinions of BU freshmen, seniors

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 25, 2014

National Survey of Student Engagement

BLOOMSBURG — Each member of Bloomsburg University’s first-year and senior classes is invited to share opinions about his or her experiences at BU by completing the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

According to Sheila Dove Jones, assistant vice president for planning and assessment, answers to the online survey will reveal students’ views on the quality of their education and their level of involvement in activities outside of the classroom. Results will be used to improve the undergraduate experience and as a baseline measurement for BU’s general education requirements.

Jones said several email messages containing a link to the survey will be sent to BU’s freshmen and seniors in February and March. She encourages students to respond by April 14.

In appreciation for their participation, students who complete the survey by April 14 will be entered automatically into a random drawing to win one of two Amazon gift cards valued at $150, one of four Amazon gift cards valued at $100, one of two Amazon gift cards valued at $50 or one of 78 Bloomsburg University insignia prizes worth $5 to $30. A student’s chances of winning depends on how many students complete the survey; the last time this survey was administered about 623 students responded. Based on this estimate, the odds of winning are 1 in 7. The Web version of the survey is available at nssesurvey.org.

“All student responses are valuable for helping us compare the experiences they report with those of students at hundreds of other colleges and universities,” Jones said. “The results will also indicate important trends in undergraduate education. More voices will make the results more valid.”

Approximately 4,300 BU students have been invited to participate. A total of 568 U.S. colleges and universities and 335,000 first-year students and seniors participated in the 2013 survey.

For more information, contact Jones at 570-389-4027 or sjones@bloomu.edu. To learn more about NSSE, visit nsse.iub.edu.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.