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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, wants to know what students think about their university.

This week, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is being e-mailed to all UT Knoxville freshmen and seniors. The survey asks students about their participation in programs and activities that promote learning and personal development.

Every year, NSSE surveys students at UT Knoxville and hundreds of other four-year colleges and universities, and provides the institutions with detailed reports on the results.

This year, NSSE is expanding the survey to include all freshmen and seniors. In previous years, a random sample of students was selected to receive the survey.

UT Knoxville Dean of Students Maxine T. Davis says it’s very important that students fill out the survey.

“With the expanded scope of the survey this year, the results will help us make the university experience even better for our students,” Davis said.

Much of the feedback from previous years has led to improvements here at UT Knoxville, Davis said, including the following:

Improving academic help and advising to students, making it more accessible, focused and worthwhile;

Connecting incoming freshmen with fellow students, faculty and the institution;

Developing and improving the First Year Studies 129 seminar series to help inspire students with the love of learning that’s at the heart of the university experience; and

Boosting awareness among students of the university’s Ready for the World intercultural and international initiative and related diversity efforts.

The survey is being sent this week, and students who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of four $100 credits to an existing All Star account. All Star funds can be used in campus dining halls, vending machines, laundry facilities and the UT Bookstore. They also can be used to purchase student football tickets.

“We urge all students who receive the e-mail to please fill out the survey,” Davis said. “Our students’ time here at UT is special, and we want to know what think about their UT experience.”

C O N T A C T :

Charles Primm (865-974-5180,