Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Record Update First

Seniors encouraged to complete the College Senior Survey

University leaders and faculty members are encouraging seniors planning to graduate this spring to participate in an annual national survey of higher education. The principal goal of this research is to determine how U-M students are affected by their college experiences.

This provides an important opportunity to collect information that bookends the undergraduate experience at U-M, says Dr. Malinda Matney, senior research associate in the Division of Student Affairs who also conducts the survey. It provides unique and specific information about how the Michigan experience transforms the individual student, she says.

The data collected from the College Senior Survey can be compared to data gathered from the same class during New Student Orientation, when they participated in the national Cooperative Institutional Research Program survey, or with the current class of new students.

“Students who complete the College Senior Survey provide a valuable service to this institution. The data assists our University in better understanding our students and how they grow and change during their collegiate careers,” says E. Royster Harper, vice president for student affairs.

This information is used to improve University programs to better meet the needs of current and future students at U-M and across the nation. Nationally, this information guides both academics and policy makers in their decisions about the future of higher education.

To encourage seniors to take time to complete the survey, a drawing in May will give participants a chance to win a Nintendo Wii.

Questions regarding rights as a participant in research can be addressed to the University of Michigan Institutional Review Board Office at 936-0933 or