The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey is a comprehensive survey administered to all degree-seeking undergraduates at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMNTC). These survey data are used to provide UMNTC staff, faculty, and administrators with unique insights into students’ experiences.
The SERU survey gathers information about student engagement in activities that have been empirically shown to influence student learning and positive educational outcomes, both inside and outside of the classroom. For instance, we have discovered the many benefits of students' participation in community engagement, leadership, study abroad, and other high-impact educational practices. We have also discovered the benefits of students' engagement with academic libraries, including increased retention, graduation, and learning outcomes.
The SERU survey provides actionable information for faculty, staff and administrators. These data can also serve as indicators of academic program and institutional effectiveness and SERU results can be compared across institutions to make peer comparisons within academic departments or units.
We have used SERU data to improve programs on campus since 2010. You can review the SERU results online, view all of the SERU surveys that have been administered at the U, explore how we have used data with community partners on campus, and discover how SERU data have been used in research to benefit higher education communities and students across the nation.