Students sought to complete feedback survey for Penn State

March 01, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- During the last few weeks, first- and senior-year bachelor’s degree students at Penn State Abington, Altoona, Berks, Behrend, Brandywine, Fayette, Harrisburg, University Park, Worthington Scranton and York received e-mail invitations to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The information collected in the survey provides valuable feedback which helps to fuel Penn State’s ongoing efforts to be the most student-centered university in the nation, according to President Graham Spanier.

“The survey provides us with incredibly important information about the student experience and student development from the first- to senior-year on a large scale,” said Spanier, “and it also allows us to look at our progress in comparison to our peer institutions in the Big Ten and beyond.”

“So far, only about 2 percent  of eligible Penn State students have taken advantage of this opportunity. This is a really important way for students to share their experiences with University faculty, staff, and administrators,” said Betty Harper, director of Student Affairs Research and Assessment, “but we need to hear from significant numbers of students in order to make the data meaningful.”

Invitations are sent to students’ Penn State email accounts. First- and senior-year students who cannot locate these invitations may go directly to to obtain a login ID to take the survey.

NSSE is conducted by the Center for Postsecondary Research at the Indiana University Bloomington and is coordinated at Penn State by the office of Student Affairs Research and Assessment. For more information about NSSE, visit For additional information about Penn State’s participation in NSSE, contact Betty Harper at or (814) 863-1809.

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Last Updated March 08, 2011