Staff Report — Invitations, sent out through student’s Scrappy Mail, invite several senior and freshman students to participate in the The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

The survey, which opened on Feb. 18, asks about student participation in programs, and topics include academic challenges, advising, social interactions, campus environments and extracurricular activities, wrote Kristen Noblit, senior research associate in the Office of Planning, Evaluation & Institutional Research at UTC.

“This very important national survey gives universities a comprehensive picture of the extent their students are actively engaged in their program of learning and the life of the University,” she wrote. “From the information our students provide, we can compare responses to those of students nationwide and to institutions similar to UTC. In order to have good information on which we can act to improve UTC, we must have a high response rate on this survey.”

To encourage high responses, officials with the office are giving prizes to students who take the survey.

These three prize drawings will include a massage gift certificate and local area restaurant certificates. The drawings will be held on March 3 and 26 and April 15.

The survey can be found through student email, and Noblit also writes the office will conduct in person surveys in computer lab 124A, in the UC, on Feb. 25 from 10a.m.-noon and March 5 from 1-3pm.

“The first 50 students to come in and take the survey in person during those times will receive a nice UTC knitted scarf,” Noblit wrote. “It’s first come, first serve so come early to get a scarf.”

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