Fifth week of the NSSE survey shows a tightening race

Vari Hall from the exterior
Vari Hall

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 fifth week of the survey show that while students in the Schulich School of Business still have a lead, other faculties are making huge gains. In second place, the Faculty of Science continues to close the gap with Schulich. Lassonde students have launched a challenge and leaped 4.9 per cent in one week. Glendon, the Faculties of Health, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Environmental Studies and the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design are making great progress. Who will win? Has Schulich got a lock on first or is it up for grabs? The survey closes March 31, so in two weeks, the winner of the NSSE Champion Cup will be announced.

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.