2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) (PDAD&C #50)

From: Sandy Welsh, Vice-Provost, Students
Susan McCahan, Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education
Date: January 12, 2017
Re: 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) (PDAD&C #50)

In the coming weeks, the University of Toronto, along with all Ontario universities and Canadian peer institutions, will participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). We are writing to request your cooperation in ensuring that we secure the highest response rates possible for this important institutional survey of undergraduate students.

NSSE begins February 8, 2017 and will invite all first year and all fourth year undergraduates from the following Faculties to participate:

  • Faculty of Arts & Science
  • John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
  • Faculty of Music
  • Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
  • Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
  • University of Toronto Mississauga
  • University of Toronto Scarborough

All fourth year students in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing will also be invited to participate.

To ensure we do not violate the ethics protocol for NSSE and/or bias the response rates, messaging and promotion for this survey will be coordinated centrally by David Newman in cooperation with your registrars, student affairs staff, and communications staff. Posters, digital signage, PowerPoint slides for classes, and social media tools will be made available for everyone to use and will be circulated at the end of the month. To encourage a high response rate, we will be offering a $1000 incentive for student programming to the campus, faculty, or college with the highest response rate.

Survey fatigue can significantly and negatively affect response rates. For this reason, we ask that you refrain from conducting surveys of first and fourth year undergraduate students between Wednesday, February 8 and Wednesday, March 29. If there is a need to survey this group of undergraduates or if you have any questions about NSSE, please contact:

David Newman
Senior Director, Student Experience
Division of Student Life