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 2021 SSS is the thirteenth System-wide administration of a student opinion survey for both the 2-year and 4-year institutions over the past thirty years; however, the 2021 survey marks the inaugural year for the new SUNY in-house survey administration. In previous iterations of the survey, the survey was called the Student Opinion Survey (SOS) and was administered by American College Testing, Inc. (ACT) in collaboration with SUNY System Administration.
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.
The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education is a research-practice partnership and network of peer institutions dedicated to improving outcomes in faculty recruitment, development, and retention. Under COACHE, more than 250 colleges, universities, and state systems have strengthened their capacity to identify the drivers of faculty success and implement informed changes.
The #RealCollege survey is aimed at revealing the daily experiences of college student and how they meet their basic needs.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, SUNY Potsdam shifted learning to an online environment. In order to hear concerns from students, SUNY developed several assessments of campuses' response to remote learning. These surveys included the SUNY Student Remote Instruction Survey (Spring 2020), the SUNY COVID Impact on Employees Survey (Summer 2020) and the SUNY Student Satisfaction and Planning Survey (Fall 2020). Additionally, SUNY Potsdam partnered with NSSE to administer the NSSE Pulse survey in Fall 2020. Results from these surveys can be found on this page.