Since I am out on PTO this week, this is a pre-scheduled post.
Our Office of Institutional Research does a lot of amazing work on campus – helping not only to conduct research and surveys that help us understand our WFU students better, but also in partnering with other, larger research projects that help the field of higher education in general. There is one such survey coming up just for US seniors in the Class of 2018.
Because I am a data wonk and because I am in grad school right now learning about research, I am doubly motivated to ask your help in urging your seniors to complete this Senior Survey. Research projects tend to work best when you have a really robust pool of respondents, and your seniors’ participation will be critical. So if you have a senior, please encourage him or her to fill it out when they get it.
Here is some language about the survey, FYI.
Each year, Wake Forest participates in a national survey of graduating seniors, conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA, which asks their opinions on many items relevant to examining the impact of college. Results from this survey are used by faculty and administrators at WFU and by higher education researchers to understand and improve the college experience. Recently, seniors received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with a personalized link to their anonymous survey. We encourage their participation because their feedback is very important to University leaders. Participants will be entered into drawings to win some fun prizes, including a reserved parking pass for commencement, three reserved Baccalaureate seats and more.
The survey is scheduled to be emailed to students on April 5 and will be available until April 16.
AND there is a second survey, this one just for first-years (’20). So all P’20 families: please encourage your students to take the Wake Forest Wellbeing Assessment survey! Freshmen students received email invitations to complete the survey, which takes about 20 minutes. The survey is open April 3rd – 17th. Participants receive a coupon for a free tall beverage at a campus Starbucks, which is distributed to their email inbox at the end of the survey! Participation is voluntary and will help us gather important data about our students’ wellbeing!