- National Survey of Student Engagement(NSSE)
- Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS)
- Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC)
- National College Health Assessment (NCHA)
- University of Manitoba Transportation Demand
- International Student Survey (CBIE)
- International Student Feedback
1. National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
What is student engagement?
Student engagement represents two critical features of collegiate quality. The first is the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities. The second is how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities that decades of research studies show are linked to student learning.
What does NSSE do?
Through its student survey, NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about first-year and senior students' participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending university.
How are survey results used?
Institutions use their data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience inside and outside the classroom that can be improved through changes in policies and practices more consistent with good practices in undergraduate education. This information is also used by prospective university students, their parents, university counselors, academic advisers, institutional research officers, and researchers to learn more about how students spend their time at different colleges and universities and what they gain from their experiences.
NSSE 2017 Canada results (published by Maclean’s): https://www.macleans.ca/education/national-survey-of-student-engagement-results-for-canadian-universities/
NSSE 2020 Results
2. Canadian Graduate and Professional Students Survey (CGPSS)
The University of Manitoba, along with other U15 institutions, participates in this national survey of graduate students every three years. The survey asks graduate students to evaluate their overall experience, as well as to evaluate program-specific, department-specific, advisor/supervisor-specific, and university-wide aspects of their educational experience. The survey is sent to all University of Manitoba graduate students and to graduate students at participating universities across Canada.
Specific topics include educational status; general satisfaction; satisfaction with program, quality of interactions, and coursework; professional skills development; research experience; presentations and publications; advisor and thesis/dissertation/research paper; financial support; university resources and student life; social life; general assessment; and personal demographics.
Published CGPSS reports: https://secureservercdn.net/18.104.22.168/bba.0c2.myftpupload.com/documents/cgpss/2016/NATIONAL_CGPSS_2016_REPORT_ALL.pdf
3. Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC)
The University of Manitoba is a founding member of the Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) and participates in cyclical surveys that focus on first-year students and graduating students. These surveys focus on undergraduate student satisfaction and experience, with a goal of better understanding and serving students. Surveys run once a year in the Winter Term and operate on a three-year cycle, alternating among first-year students, middle-year students, and graduating students (the University of Manitoba participates in two of the three cycles; we do not survey our middle-year students).
The surveys contain common questions allowing for comparability between first-year and final-year results.
The University of Manitoba is a founding member of the Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) and participates in cyclical surveys that focus on first-year students and graduating students. These surveys focus on undergraduate student satisfaction and experience, with a goal of better understanding and serving students. Surveys run once a year in the Winter Term and operate on a three-year cycle, alternating among first-year students, middle-year students, and graduating students (the University of Manitoba participates in two of the three cycles; we do not survey our middle-year students). The surveys contain common questions allowing for comparability between first-year and final-year results.
The surveys evaluate topics such as motivation for going to university; the application process; selection of a university; sources of information on universities; orientation; registration; expectations and experience; transition to university; professors; staff; commitment to completion; goal development; university services; academic history; employment; finances; students’ living arrangements; disabilities/impairments; parental educational attainment; and ethnicity.
Published CUSC reports: http://cusc-ccreu.ca/?page_id=32&lang=en
4. National College Health Assessment (NCHA)
The University of Manitoba participated in the NCHA survey in 2013 and 2016, and will participate again in 2019. In 2016, a random sample of 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students received a request to participate in the NCHA, with approximately 1,000 students responding.
The survey provides a broad lens on a range of issues related to students’ physical and mental health, including their perceptions of their peers’ behaviour and activities.
Specifically, the survey collects information on health, health education, and safety; alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; sex behaviour and contraception; weight, nutrition, and exercise; mental health; physical health; impediments to academic performance; and demographic characteristics.
Canadian Reference Group Executive Summary, Spring 2019: https://www.acha.org/documents/ncha/NCHA-II_SPRING_2019_CANADIAN_REFERENCE_GROUP_EXECUTIVE_SUMMARY.pdf
5. University of Manitoba Transportation Demand Survey
All students, staff, faculty, and ancillary community members (government employees working on campus) were invited to take part in this survey conducted by the Office of Sustainability. The University Community is asked to take part in this survey every two years -- most recently in 2018. The survey asked about respondents’ current modes of transportation to and from campus, factors influencing commuting choice, and preferred modes of transportation.
Specifically, respondents were asked about their modes of transportation (current and preferred), carpooling, movement within and between campuses, bike-sharing, car-sharing, vehicle size, parking, and what factors influence their modes of transportation. The survey was designed to inform strategic planning around infrastructure, education and peer-based programs in support of health and wellness, safety, greenhouse gas emission reduction, and development goals.
6. International Student Survey conducted on behalf of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
We took part in this survey in 2013 and again in 2015. All international students studying at the University of Manitoba and at many universities across Canada received the survey.
The survey collected some demographic information from students including prior education, students’ reasons for choosing the University of Manitoba, and students’ rating of their first arrival in Canada. The survey continued with collecting data about students’ experiences in Canada -- on topics such as their program of study; the university’s services and facilities; quality of interactions with others; discrimination; finances; and whether they would recommend the University of Manitoba, or Canada, to other students.
7. Accessibility at the University of Manitoba
This survey was conducted by the Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management in spring, 2016. All students, faculty, and staff were asked about the barriers to accessibility they experienced or witnessed others experiencing in their work and learning environments, in order to identify ways to improve the University.
Specifically, students, faculty, and staff were asked if they had experienced or witnessed attitudinal barriers, informational and communication barriers, physical and architectural barriers, systemic barriers, or technological barriers. Respondents were also asked to rank their top three accessibility priorities for the University of Manitoba.
8. International Student Feedback Survey
The International Centre, along with the Marketing Communications Office, surveyed all International students in spring, 2017. The purpose of the survey was to gather feedback from International students with respect to services and programs offered by the International Centre as well as to gain insight into students’ preferences for receiving information from the University of Manitoba.
All full-time undergraduate and graduate International students were invited to take part in the survey. The survey collected demographic information from students and asked about communication and sources of information for students prior to arriving on campus. The survey asked students about their experience after arriving on campus, including questions about International Student Orientation; use of services, supports, or programs provided by the International Centre, how students become aware of International Centre programs and services; level of satisfaction with intercultural programs; level of interest in workshops; how students stay informed of campus events and activities; students’ use of social media; and preferences for communication while students and after becoming alumni.