Starting Feb. 11 and continuing to March 31, thousands of first- and fourth-year York University students are taking part in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), or “Nessie”. Through NSSE, they’ll be able to contribute their insight and have input into York University’s future direction.
The online survey, which takes between 20 and 30 minutes to complete, allows students in their first and final years of a four-year degree to offer their insight into what York U does well and what it could improve. It will be used to determine how much time and effort students put into educationally rewarding activities and to what degree York University facilitates this involvement.
To encourage a little friendly competition, organizers inaugurated the NSSE Champion Cup. Similar to the York Torch, faculties compete against each other. At the end of the survey, the president will award the Champion Cup to the Faculty with the highest participation rate. The winning faculty gets to keep the cup – and the bragging rights – until the next NSSE in three years’ time. Faculty results published for the week of Feb. 26 show that students in the Schulich School of Business continue to lead the challenge. Glendon students have moved into second place.
Each student who takes the time to complete the survey will receive a virtual “Thank-you” coupon on their YUCard for a free latte at Starbucks (Keele campus) or Tim Hortons (Glendon campus), or they can use it to get a $5 York Lanes gift card. Students completing the survey will also be automatically entered in a draw for prizes. There are five $500 tuition Waivers, ten $25 YUCard top ups and ten $25 Keele/Glendon Bookstore coupons.
For more information about the survey, see story in the Feb. 10 issue of YFile.