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WIU Freshmen, Seniors Asked to Respond to National Survey of Student Engagement

March 26, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – Freshmen and seniors at Western Illinois University are encouraged to take part in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which they received via their WIU email accounts today (Tuesday, March 26).

According to Vice President for Student Services Gary Biller, the survey is designed to obtain information about how students spend time inside and outside of the classroom.

"The data gathered from this survey will help us guide decisions that will benefit WIU students," Biller said. "If you receive this survey, please complete it, as your feedback is important."

Each spring, more than one million students (freshmen and seniors) at 500-600 colleges and universities nationwide are asked to participate in NSSE. The survey asks students to assess the levels of their involvement in approximately 85 areas related to positive learning experiences. The results are then used to generate five NSSE benchmarks, which research has empirically linked to effective educational practices. The benchmarks include:

  • level of academic challenge;
  • active and collaborative learning;
  • student-faculty interactions;
  • enriching educational experiences; and
  • supportive campus environment.

Visit to see results from previous surveys.

For more information, contact WIU Institutional Research & Planning Director Rhonda Kline at (309) 298-1185.

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