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The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) collects information annually from samples of first year and senior students about the nature and quality of their undergraduate experience. Since its inception, nearly 1,400 baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities in the US and Canada have used NSSE to measure the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices that are empirically linked with learning ,personal development, and used by faculty administrators, researchers,and others for institutional improvement,accountability and related purposes.
The primary purpose of the SOS is to inform administrators about the status of the college's academic, student, and administrative programs, services and facilities as perceived by undergraduate students. Campus administrators use this information to identify areas that need attention and/or further analysis. The SOS also identifies areas that are meeting and/or exceeding expectations and data are collected every 3 years.
For over 2 decades, SUNY Potsdam has participated in the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey. Freshman complete the survey during the summer orientation sessions in July. This annual data provides valuable profile regarding the background, attitudes, behavior and aspirations of an incoming cohort of students. Data analyzed over several years also inform faculty and College administration of important trends.