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 began Feb. 6, continues to March 31.
Organizers at York U have challenged the individual Faculties (except the Faculty of Education and Osgoode Hall Law School) to encourage participation in the survey. The Faculty with the highest participation rate will win the NSSE Champion Cup and bragging rights until the next survey.
Faculty results published for the week of March (the fourth week of the survey) show that students in the Schulich School of Business have a commanding lead but the other faculties are fighting hard to catch up. In second place, the Faculty of Science has closed the gap with Schulich. The battle for third place is heating up. While the Faculty of Environmental Studies has a strong lead, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Glendon and the Faculty of Health have all shown strong gains. The NSSE Champion Cup was won in 2014 by the Schulich School of Business. Will Schulich win the trophy for the second year in a row? The survey closes March 31, so there’s still time for the other faculties to launch a strong effort.
The online survey, which takes about 15 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.
Updates on the progress of the survey and the NSSE Champion Cup will be published every week in YFile.