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National student survey launches

February 25, 2014 — 

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2014 launches February 25. The U of M participates in this survey every three years; results are used for various university scales and to help enhance campus life.

All first and final year undergrad students will be sent a survey invite to their U of M email starting Feb 25, and will be sent several reminders. It runs until the end of March.

It only takes 12 minutes. By participating, students will be entered into a draw to win prizes (including $1,000) — and even more importantly, it’s an opportunity to share their opinion, and to help shape student experience at the U of M.

Susan Gottheil, Vice-Provost (students), says, “The purpose of this survey is to help the U of M understand the needs of students and to identify ways to enhance the educational experience. This is particularly important because it supports one of the four pillars of the U of M’s Strategic Planning Framework, exceptional student experience.”

She also notes that based on the results of the previous NSSE survey in 2011, the U of M responded to students by making the following changes:

  • Created the Student Life office, connecting students to learning and personal development opportunities,
  • Developed an institution-wide orientation program for new students,
  • Invested in undergraduate research awards,
  • Increased the number of local and international service-learning programs,
  • Increased the number of students going on exchanges,
  • Improved the U of M’s Co-Curricular Record and
  • Initiated the ‘Student (Learning) First’ program that seeks student input in prioritizing information technology projects.


The survey will let us know in what areas the university is meeting student needs, and where we should make improvements. Students will receive an invitation to their U of M email in the next few days with the link to the online survey. Take time to encourage students you know and encounter to participate.


As a thank you for completing NSSE, students will be automatically entered into a random draw to win one of 20 prizes, including:

·         One prize of $1,000 cash

·         One prize of $500 cash

·         Three prizes of $250 cash

·         Five prizes of $100 University of Manitoba Bookstore gift certificates and

·         10 prizes of $50 University of Manitoba Bookstore gift certificates

Contest rules can be found here.


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