In order to provide students with an excellent educational experience, periodic assessment of student learning and engagement is conducted campus-wide. UW-Whitewater participates in a national survey that targets students in their freshman and senior year. In addition, UW-Whitewater administers an exit survey to graduating seniors each year.
The Office of Institutional Research and Planning aims to administer university-wide surveys using a systematic approach that ensures continuous improvement. The results of these surveys can be used by faculty, staff and administrators to support student learning and institutional effectiveness.
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
The NSSE collects information from first-year and senior students about the characteristics and quality of their undergraduate experience. NSSE measures the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices that are empirically linked with learning, personal development, and other desired outcomes such as persistence, satisfaction, and graduation. NSSE data are used by faculty, administrators, researchers, and others for institutional improvement, public reporting, and related purposes.
Senior Outcomes Assessment Survey (SOAS)
The SOAS collects information from graduating senior students about their academic experience at UW-Whitewater. It measures students' perceptions of the level of career preparation the UW-W has provided. It also evaluates students' perceptions of the link between the development of certain skill sets and academic success. The SOAS is primarily used by UW-W departments and university administrators to identify areas of institutional strength as well as areas in which the UW-W can improve the student experience.