UMass Dartmouth collects information annually on student satisfaction with a range of offices and functions. The campus participates in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and other national studies. We act on information collected across the span of the student's time with us. At the beginning, we study the characteristics and opinions of admitted students and then of those who enroll at UMass Dartmouth. We review overall information about freshman students' academics and skills in a comprehensive program that takes in continuous information about individual students and enables us to intervene positively to help students. Regularly, we survey satisfaction and interaction with campus functions including academic advising and the library. Finally, we engage graduating seniors and graduate students in a two-step process to learn about their satisfaction with curricular aspects, services, and support, their kinds and levels of engagement, and their plans for careers and further study.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.