Measuring Student Engagement at Canadian Institutions

Administering Student Surveys and Responding to Results

Topics: Assessment, Student Experience, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • In which surveys do institutions participate and how frequently?
  • What factors drive institutions to participate in national surveys such as the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC)?
  • What actions have resulted from survey feedback, either from central administration or from individual departments or units?


In an effort to assess student experience and the effectiveness of programs, many colleges and universities are participating in national student surveys, such as National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).  This brief highlights survey participation across six Canadian institutions and highlights the factors driving the decision to participate.  The structure for selecting surveys and administering surveys is also considered, along with processes for sharing results internally and beyond the university community.  Finally, the brief explores programming changes and institutional strategy discussions that have stemmed from survey results.

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