What is student engagement?

Student engagement represents two critical features of collegiate quality: The amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities. 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 National Survey of Student Engagement (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 counsellors, 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 rules and regulations

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had planned to give prize winners gift cards to use at the University of Manitoba Bookstore. The pandemic has changed these plans.

The University of Manitoba requires those receiving gift cards to sign a form, in person, that acknowledges receipt of the gift card. The COVID-19 pandemic makes it unsafe for University staff and prize winners to meet in person, present a gift card and sign a form to acknowledge receipt. As such, we will be changing both the prize and mode of delivery. Prize winners will be mailed cheques instead of given University of Manitoba Bookstore gift cards. The dollar value of the prize remains the same.

No purchase necessary.

  1. Contest Period
    National Survey of Student Engagement Contest (the “Contest”) starts on February 13, 2020, and closes on April 10, 2020 (the “Contest Period”).
  2. General Eligibility
    The Contest is open to first and final year undergraduate students in select faculties who are 18 years or older at the time of entry and who have submitted an on-line survey requesting entry into the Contest.

    Excluded from eligibility are any employees of the Office of Institutional Analysis within the University of Manitoba. Such persons are encouraged to complete the Survey, but are not eligible to enter the Contest.
  3. Prizes
    Prizes include: A Prize must be accepted as awarded and no prize substitutions or prize transfers will be allowed.
    • 1 prize of $1,000 cash
    • 1 prize of $500 cash
    • 1 of 3 prizes of $250 cash
    • 1 of 5 prizes of $100 University of Manitoba Bookstore gift certificates
    • 1 of 10 prizes of $50 University of Manitoba Bookstore gift certificates
  4. Online Entry
    To enter the Contest, Eligible Participants must complete:
    1. the Survey - Limit of one (1) Contest entry per person.  By entering the Contest, entrants accept and agree to be bound by the Official Contest Rules set out herein, and accept the decisions of the University of Manitoba as final and binding.
  5. Contest Draw
    A tentative Prize winner (the “Prize Winner”) will be determined by random drawing by the Office of Institutional Analysis by April 24, 2020.

    The odds of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received.
  6. Conditions of Participation in Contest
    By participating in this contest, the entrant agrees:
    1. to be bound by these Official Contest Rules and the decisions of  the University of Manitoba, whose decisions are final;
    2. to the use of the entrant, likeness, voice, image, recording, video footage and statements in connection with this contest and the promotion and exploitation thereof;
    3. that if selected as the winner, you give the University and its agents the right to publish or broadcast your name, likeness, voice, image, recording, video footage or statements for editorial, promotional, advertising and publicity purposes, without compensation other than the value of the prize offered;
    4. (d) to release and indemnify and hold harmless the University, its advertising and promotional agencies, the prize suppliers, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, owners, agents, contractors, representatives, successors and assigns from any liability in connection with or arising out of this contest, the awarding of the prize, the use of any personal information or the use of merchandise purchased in relation to winning a prize.
  7. Awarding of Prize
    The Prize Winner will be notified by email and will have 30 days to respond and arrange prize pick up. If the enter the name of the Office of Institutional Analysis is not contacted by the Prize Winner within this time period another Prize Winner may be selected until the Prize has been awarded and claimed.

    To claim the Prize, the Prize Winner must:
    1. (a) provide proof of identification;
    2. (b) answer (without assistance) a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question; and
    3. (c) sign a declaration, waiver and release, affirming he or she has read, understood and agreed to be bound by these Official Contest Rules.
  8. Privacy
    The entrant’s personal information is protected in accordance with the University of Manitoba’s privacy policy.

    No private information will be transferred on to any third parties and the results of the survey shall remain anonymous unless you have consented otherwise.
  9. General
    No entries will be returned.

This contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws including the University of Manitoba internal policies.

The University reserves the right to terminate this contest at its discretion. The University also reserves the right to terminate an entrant’s eligibility to participate if the entry does not meet the entrance requirements or the entrant is found to be abusing the Contest rules in any way, including electronic entry tampering.

The University of Manitoba assumes no responsibility for lost, late, incomplete, or misdirected entries or for any transmission, data, storage, or computer failure or failure of any kind resulting in the entry form being lost, destroyed, damaged or delivered after the close of the contest.

Notice Regarding Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Personal Information and Personal Health Information by the University

Your personal information and personal health information is being collected under the authority of The University of Manitoba Act. The information you provide will be used by the University for the purpose of assessing students’ needs, informing the University on ways to improve students’ experiences and to contact you in the event that you win one of the draw prizes. Your personal information and personal health information will not be used or disclosed for other purposes, unless permitted by The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) or The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information or personal health information, contact the Access and Privacy Office:

Access and Privacy Office
233 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2