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HERI Diverse Learning Environments Survey

UW-Whitewater participated in the 2018 Diverse Learning Environments Survey. This survey, administered by Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA, collects information about the experiences of undergraduate students in their sophomore and junior year from approximately 30 colleges and universities in the US each year. HERI is a national organization that has conducted research on the undergraduate experience since 1989.

In this survey, respondents are asked to share their perceptions about UW-Whitewater related to academic work, interactions with faculty and peers, participation in campus activities, perceptions of the climate on campus, and use of campus services.

This was the first year in which UW-W participated in the survey. Survey invitations were sent out to all undergraduate students who were enrolled at UW-Whitewater in the Spring 2018 semester, and had achieved sophomore and junior standing by the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester. The survey was open between February 12 and March 12, 2018, and students in the survey population received multiple reminders encouraging participation. 400 UW-Whitewater students chose to participate in the survey this spring, resulting in a 7.4% response rate. The majority of respondents were full-time students with sophomore or junior status.

HERI reports the results of the survey in its own publications, as well as in other venues, such as The Chronicle of Higher Education. Aggregated survey results have been shared with appropriate decision-makers on campus. The findings from this survey will be used at UW-Whitewater to understand and improve the undergraduate experience at our institution. Please note that participation in this survey was completely voluntary, and all individual responses to the survey are kept confidential.

HERI DLE Executive Summary

HERI DLE 2017-18 Results

If you have any questions about UW-Whitewater's participation in this survey, please contact the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at 262-472-5671 or


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