Institutional Surveys

Surveys provide information about the learning, living, and working experiences of key stakeholders, and the results inform the institution's strategic direction, priorities, goals, and actions.

First Destination Survey Reports

The First Destination Survey is a career placement survey that Bloomsburg University utilizes to capture the status and perceptions of BU graduates. First Destination data is collected to assist colleges and departments with programmatic reviews and accreditation needs. Lock Haven and Mansfield universities conduct similar surveys.  Please read the reports available to date in the sections below.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The Pennsylvania State System universities have participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) for many years, though at different intervals and rotations, to assess the quality of the undergraduate education and use results to improve various aspects of the student experience.

What is the NSSE?

Offered at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) collects information about student participation in programs and activities that that institutions provide for students’ learning and personal development.

Survey items represent empirically confirmed "good practices" in undergraduate education. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.

When is the NSSE given?

Bloomsburg University administers the online NSSE via email during the spring semester to all freshmen and senior students.

How do we use the results?

The use of the NSSE results occurs at the university, college, and department/unit levels. NSSE provides a variety of reports that compare our students' responses with those of students at other 4-year universities. The NSSE Snapshot reports point to areas where colleges and universities are performing well and aspects of the undergraduate experience that could be improved. Results are used to better develop our curricular and co-curricular offerings, academic rigor, student support services, and academic advisement practices.

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