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  • What is the SERU?
The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU), referred to as the Aggie Experience Survey at TAMU, 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, in collaboration with representatives from research-intensive universities across the country.  The survey 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 leadership strengthen 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 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 academic preparation for chosen careers, research experiences, and overall satisfaction with your experience at TAMU.
 
  • 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.  Perhaps most important, the Aggie Experience Survey allows us to compare our students’ responses to the responses of students at other large, research universities across the country. 
 
  • Who is chosen to take the Aggie Experience Survey?
Undergraduate students at Texas A&M University are eligible to take the Aggie Experience Survey. Students in the following categories should not complete the survey:
  1.   Students under the age of 18
  2.   Students enrolled in graduate or professional programs
  3.   Non-degree seeking students
 
  • How will this information gathered on the Aggie Experience Survey be used?
Leadership at TAMU use the results to inform policy related to things such as curriculum development, campus resources and services, co-curricular learning, and student life. Texas A&M and other participating research universities use the data to gain a better understanding on the overall college experience and ways to improve that experience for all students.
   
  • 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.