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About SERU

The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium was established in 2000 to develop a survey of students in the research university environment, and to promote both institutional and scholarly uses of the data to help improve undergraduate education.
The SERU Consortium now includes 28 major US research universities, all of which are members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) or Carnegie R1 members.  The Consortium also includes 20 international universities.  The number of consortium members increases every year. Each SERU Consortium campus administers a customized, on-line census SERU Survey, contributes to the ongoing development of survey topics and questions, shares best practices and data under agreed upon protocols, collaborates in policy and research symposiums, and engages in collaborative research on major challenges and opportunities facing research universities across the US and internationally.
The SERU Survey offers a systematic environmental scan of the undergraduate experience and an in-depth analysis of the varied types and levels of undergraduate engagement in research universities.
The SERU Survey employs a modular design in order to include a greater number of items, and to decrease individual response times. It has a set of core questions administered to every respondent—for example, questions on time use, evaluation of a student’s major, and satisfaction—as well as five unique modules, including wild card, of additional questions that are randomly assigned.
SERU Survey modules include:
  • The Core Module (RUC)
  • The Academic Experience & Globalization Module (AUC)
  • The Community and Civic Engagement Module (CUC)
  • The Student Life and Development Module (DUC)
  • The Technology Use Module (TEC)
  • The Wild Card Module, which is designed by each university if needed.
Research questions include, but are not limited to:
  • How does participation in High Impact Practices contribute to student learning and success?
  • What are indicators of student disengagement and its effects on learning?
  • How do students spend their time while in college?
  • Does experience in a research university provide advantages to students in terms of knowledge gained and opportunities for development?
  • How do the experiences of Texas A&M students compare to students at comparable research-intensive AAU universities?
Data collection is conducted by professional staff in the Office of Measurement Services, University of Minnesota. Data collection is monitored by the above office and by the Texas A&M University Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Evaluation. Access to SERU data is available to colleges for planning and assessment purposes and to Texas A&M researchers upon request on a limited and restricted basis. 
For more information, please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Evaluation at survey@tamu.edu.