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  • What is the difference between the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey and Aggie Experience Survey?
Aggie Experience Survey is the local name given to the SERU survey at Texas A&M University. In effect, they are the same.
 
  • What is the SERU?
The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU), the Ultimate Student Survey, is a survey developed by the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley and administered by the University of Minnesota, which was created to expand knowledge about the undergraduate student experience. Results are used to improve curricula, increase research opportunities, improve services, and inform policy related to undergraduate education.
 
 
  • Why should I take the Aggie Experience Survey?
Your input will help the administration improve the student experience and educational outcomes here at Texas A&M University. Additionally, the data will be gathered over a long period of time and shared with other universities who participate in the SERU to gain a greater understanding of educational best practices at leading research universities.
 
  • Is the data gathered on the Aggie Experience Survey confidential?
Yes. Your identity and responses on the Aggie Experience Survey will remain confidential.
 
  • What types of questions are on the Aggie Experience Survey?
The Aggie Experience Survey questions cover a broad range of topics, from the amount of time spent studying to the type of research experiences undergraduates enjoy - a snapshot of undergraduate life at research universities. Questions also gauge the impact of college on such areas as critical thinking, writing and revising term papers, academic preparation, research experiences, overall satisfaction, and time management.
  • How is the Aggie Experience different from other surveys?
The Aggie Experience Survey is more comprehensive than other surveys and includes a wide of range of questions specifically focused on student experiences at research universities. Additionally, the Aggie Experience Survey is readily customizable, allowing the introduction of questions that are specifically tailored to Texas A&M University.
 
  • Who is eligible to take the Aggie Experience Survey?
Undergraduate students who attend class on campus at Texas A&M University are eligible to take the Aggie Experience Survey. Students in the following categories are not eligible to take the Aggie Experience Survey:
        Students under the age of 18
        Graduate students
        Professional students
        Non-degree seeking students
        Correspondence students
 
  • How will this information gathered on the Aggie Experience Survey be used?
The administration at Texas A&M University will use the results to inform policy related to curriculum development, campus services, co-curricular learning, and student social development. Texas A&M and other participating research universities will contribute their survey data as part of a research consortium organized through Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education. The collected data will be used by researchers, professors and students from various countries to gain a better understanding on how to improve the college experience.
 
  • Will I be able to see the results of the Aggie Experience Survey?
We will publish an announcement when the data is available and post it on this site.
 
  • How do students participate in the Aggie Experienc Survey?
Undergraduates at Texas A&M University may access the Aggie Experience Survey online through URL links found in invitation e-mails and through the link on this site.
 
  • How long does the survey take to complete?
The Aggie Experience Survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
 
  • Who developed the SERU?
To learn more about the history of the SERU, please visit Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education at: http://cshe.berkeley.edu/SERU
 
  • What other universities participate in the SERU?
Currently, more than 20 universities administer the SERU to undergraduate students, including all nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California system, Indiana University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, University of Florida, University of Iowa, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, University of Oregon, University of Pittsburgh, University of Southern California, and University of Virginia. The list of universities increases each year.
 
  • Will I be able to request the SERU data?
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