Survey seeks opinions of BU freshmen, seniors

National Survey of Student Engagement For immediate release: February 22, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — Each member of Bloomsburg University’s first-year and senior classes is invited to share opinions about his or her experiences at BU by completing the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

According to Sheila Dove Jones, interim director of BU’s planning and assessment office, answers to the 28-question, online survey will reveal students’ views on the quality of their education and their level of involvement in activities outside of the classroom.

Results will be used to improve the undergraduate experience and as a baseline measurement for BU’s new general education requirements that took effect in fall 2011.

Jones said several email messages containing a link to the survey will be sent to BU’s freshmen and seniors in February and March. She encourages students to respond by Monday, March 21.

In appreciation for participating, names of all students who complete the survey by Tuesday, May 1, will be entered into a drawing for six Bloomsburg University Store $50 gift cards and 10 BU stadium blankets. The first 15 students to complete the survey will receive a BU travel mug and the next 20 students will receive a BU stadium cup containing BU novelty items. The Web version of the survey is now available at

“All student responses are valuable for helping us compare the experiences they report with those of students at hundreds of other colleges and universities,” Jones said. “The results will also indicate important trends in undergraduate education. More voices will make the results more valid.”

Approximately 4,177 BU students have been invited to participate. A total of 683 U.S. colleges and universities and 416,953 first-year students and seniors participated in the 2011 survey.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.