2020 National Survey of Student Engagement


Kent State University will participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement in Spring 2020. Leading up to the start of the spring semester, senior and first-year students will receive communications from the university president, provost, deans and others encouraging them to take advantage of this opportunity to shape the future at Kent State University. The results of this survey will be a primary consideration in changes to student life at the university, and your responses are a key part of that decision. The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete

To encourage students to complete the survey, those who complete by April 22, 2020 will be automatically entered into a drawing for prizes like AirPods (headphones), iPads, gift cards and more. The prizes and probability of winning are listed below:

Kent Campus

In appreciation for participation, Kent Campus students who complete the survey by April 22, 2020 will be automatically entered in a random drawing to win ONE of the following prizes: four (4) KSU Bookstore gift cards worth $124 each, five (5) KSU Bookstore gift cards worth $100 each, one (1) KSU Bookstore gift cards worth $87, or twenty-five (25) KSU Bookstore gift cards worth $50 each. Chances of winning depend on how many complete the survey. According to the numbers from the last administration of this survey, students have a 1 in 43 chance of winning a prize.

Geauga Campus

In appreciation for participating and for completing the survey by April 22, 2020,  students at the Geauga Campus and Twinsburg Academic Center will be automatically entered into a drawing to win ONE of the following: a pair of Apple AirPods, an iPad (7th Generation), a Roku Ultra, a pair of Beats in-ear headphones, or 1 of forty-eight (48) Amazon Gift Cards worth $50 each. Your likelihood of winning depend on how many students complete the survey but is estimated to be 5% for a gift card, and less than 1% for one of the other major prizes. Students will be limited to winning only one of the available prizes

Other Campuses

In appreciation for participating and for completing the survey by April 22, 2020, you will be automatically entered in a drawing to win 1 of forty-eight (48) Amazon Gift Cards worth $50 each. Your chances of winning depend on how many students complete the survey, but are anticipated to be 1 in 20, or about 5%.




For questions about the survey, or for accommodations, contact the Office of Accreditation, Assessment and Learning by email at assessment@kent.edu, or by phone at  330-672-7185.

For more information on the National Survey of Student Engagement, visit http://nsse.indiana.edu/.

If you are a senior or first-year student, please take a few moments to complete the survey and improve student life at Kent State University!

Frequently Asked Questions about the Survey


The National Survey of Student Engagement is a survey specially designed for students like you to provide information about your undergraduate experience, including your views about the quality of your education and how you spend your time. The survey has a broad scope, with hundreds of colleges and universities of all types and sizes participating each year. But the main reason our school is participating is that we want to learn more about what students think and do, so it can improve our undergraduate programs.


At most institutions, the survey is being completed by a random sample of students, but at Kent State University, all first-year students and seniors from any campus are being surveyed. 


At Kent State University, every eligible student has an equal chance of being identified. The survey process increases the chance that survey results will be valid as long as enough students complete it. However, this procedure does not allow for adding people after the original group is identified. So, as you can see, it is very important that you complete the National Survey of Student Engagement, as it's not possible to ask someone else at your institution to take your place. Each individual response increases the confidence our school can have in the results.


The information from this study will be used in several ways. First, your answers will be combined with those of others at Kent State University, analyzed and summarized in the aggregate. We will be able to examine the information in different ways; for example, to learn about the experiences of women and men or the experiences of students in different major fields. This is extremely valuable information because most schools do not have good information about how students spend their time and what they think of their institution. With this information in hand it is possible for people at Kent State University to identify areas where, with some adjustments, the student experience can be improved. In other words, the more we know about our students and what they think of the institution, the more likely it is that faculty, academic and student life administrators and others can take appropriate action.

Another way the information you provide will be used, is in comparisons with other schools that are more or less like ours. This isn't done very often, primarily because comparable information across institutions does not exist. Finally, a set of national benchmarks will be established for different types of institutions. A benchmark is a level of performance, reflecting an area of practice (in this case, educational practice) that potential consumers, customers, or others use to determine the quality of a product, service, or educational institution. The for-profit sector has used benchmarking practices for years and your answers to the National Survey of Student Engagement will allow our school as well as other colleges and universities across the country to do this.


Absolutely. One of the most important reasons to do this survey is so that Kent State University can base our future decisions on what you and other students in your college do and think.


Kent State University will share the results in summary form with faculty, staff, student leaders, and other groups that have a 'need to know' what it's like being an undergraduate student. Most colleges have an assessment committee that collects information about various aspects of institutional performance, including the student experience. Our assessment committee will analyze information from The Report very carefully and use it in their own reports and in future planning for other assessment activities.

Kent State University will also use the information in reporting to external authorities, such as regional accrediting agencies, which are responsible to the general public for assuring quality in higher education. We may also share the results with other institutions in order to learn how your school compares. Finally, the information will be of keen interest to prospective students as it reveals what you and other students do and think of their education. So, there are some very different uses, all important . Perhaps the most important is for Kent State University to learn about you and your classmates, and where it should focus attention to improve.


Simply put, Kent State University needs to know what you think of your undergraduate experience, the kinds of activities in which you engage, and how you are benefiting from your studies. Without this information, it's not very easy for faculty and staff at our institution to identify the areas that can and should be improved. And because you have the opportunity among your classmates to represent your school, it's imperative that you make your views known.

Unlike many other surveys, the National Survey of Student Engagement has a real chance of making a difference in terms of how people at our institution use the information. There is great interest in this study for two reasons. First, we chose to participate; it wasn't required. This means there are people who want to see the results. Second, there are numerous people beyond our school who would like to know how well your school is doing - prospective students, their families, alumni, and others. So, your answers - after they are combined with those of your classmates - will be read with interest by a wide variety of people.


You've heard the expression, 'think globally, act locally’? This is a national project with immediate local implications; thousands of students are getting the same survey. And people will be interested in what undergraduate students as a group think about their education. But it's also important that your school find out directly from you about your experience and then share what it learns through comparisons with other colleges and universities. This will, possibly for the first time, give your faculty and administrators an answer to the question: 'How well are we doing?'

Survey results provide information that we can act on quickly. Your answers combined with those of your classmates will identify areas that Kent State University can examine more closely. For example, compared with other schools like ours, do students have more or less meaningful contact with faculty? Do students at our University study more or less than students at other schools? Do you and your classmates think that we support them in their efforts? Answers to these and other questions on this survey will pinpoint areas that need immediate attention.

Finally, this survey differs from most others you get because what you say will become part of a continuing study that people at our school as well as hundreds of other colleges and universities will continue to use for the foreseeable future. So, your answers will not only help our school, but many others as well.


The survey is administered by representatives from Kent State University's Office of Accreditation, Assessment, and Learning; and is part of a larger project surveying students across the country.

The project is located at Indiana University and is directed by Alexander C. McCormick. The Center for Survey Research at IU, directed by John Kennedy, administers the surveys. These people are supported by dozens of others who help design, package, mail, and collect the surveys and then analyze and report the results to our school and the other participating colleges and universities around the country. These people were originally asked by a philanthropic organization, The Pew Charitable Trusts, to do this study.