The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Research conducts the following surveys:
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a replacement of the Enrolled Student Survey. This survey will be administered twice during the 2005-10 Performance Funding cycle.
NSSE results help faculty and administrators discover and implement effective mechanisms for linking information about student experiences to improve academic programs and support services.
Graduating Senior Survey
Since 1997, Middle Tennessee State University has administered a survey annually to spring semester graduating seniors. Beginning fall 2009, the Graduating Senior survey is administered to the fall and spring graduating seniors. The purpose of the survey is to obtain information regarding the students' educational experiences and future plans. The survey instrument is divided into five sections: (1) background information, (2) employment data, (3) plans following graduation, (4) student support services, and (5) satisfaction with general studies and their academic program. Departments can add additional questions to the survey.
In the Performance Funding cycle 2005-2010, the Alumni survey was conducted in the second and fifth years of the cycle. The Alumni Survey, sent to MTSU alumni two years after graduation, asked our former students to evaluate their educational experiences at MTSU. All public universities utilized the same survey that was provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
For the Performance Funding cycle 2010-2015, the Alumni Satisfaction Project was conducted in the second year of the cycle only (2011-2012). MTSU elected to use a modification of the Alumni Survey 2010 version, and administered it on-line. The link of the survey was sent via e-mail to alumni who graduated with associate's or bachelor's degrees from 2001 to 2011. Results by college and department are available in the MTSU Access Only section of this site (password required).
Middle Tennessee State University is committed to identifying ways to better prepare graduates for future employment. An Employer Survey conducted for the first time during spring 2003, focused on determining employer satisfaction with the performance and knowledge of MTSU graduates. The survey is now a component of the Performance Funding program.
Graduating seniors who took a Major Field Test in spring 2004 were asked to complete a short survey following the test. The purpose of the survey was to determine (1) whether the exams covered information included in the students' classes and (2) whether the student took the exam seriously.
National College Health Assessment Survey
MTSU's Student Health Services participated in this national survey spring 2010. The
link to the survey results is provided here in collaboration with that office as a service
to the university community.