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Linking Institutional Policies to Student Success

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to complete the survey?
Survey completion time will vary depending on the person's familiarity with the policies addressed. However, the surveys are short - approximately 25 questions each. We intentionally designed them to be brief, while still collecting data on key policies likely to be related to student success. Draft versions of the surveys are available here.

Why are there two different surveys?
The LIPSS project uses two different surveys to gather information specific to the academic and student affairs policies at your university. The surveys differ in the types of policies that they address. For example, one survey asks about faculty roles with first-year students, and the other asks about housing policies related to first-year students. As the surveys address different content areas, we will send one survey to the Chief Academic Officer and one to the Chief Student Affairs Officer.

When are you mailing out the surveys?
We anticipate mailing out the surveys in Mid-March, with a return deadline of May 1.

How will the LIPSS team use my institution’s data?
Each participating institution will complete two short surveys reflecting the extent to which the institution has adopted policies, practices, and organizational structures that might affect first-year student experiences. These policy data will then be paired with student data from the National Survey of Student Engagement to identify institutional policies that can be linked to student success.

How will the LIPSS team protect my institution’s data?
Student data will be collected by the National Survey of Student Engagement, an office that has securely managed data from over two-million students from 1,451 institutions since 2000. Once the data has been transmitted to The Florida State University (using SSI encryption), the data will be stored in encrypted files on access-restricted computers.

All information collected as part of the LIPSS project will be strictly confidential, accessible only to LIPSS and NSSE personnel. Public dissemination of results will report only aggregate statistics. Moreover, the student dataset will not contain students’ names or social security numbers; students will be distinguished only by an institution-generated ID number to which LIPSS researchers will NOT have a key/crosswalk.

What are the benefits of participating?

  • A $300 discount on the Spring 2012 NSSE administration

  • National recognition in press releases, reports, presentations, and websites

  • A confidential report comparing your institution’s policies to those at other institutions

  • Free participation, for your entire campus, in a web-based presentation of the project’s results – including a discussion of implications for institutional policies and practices

Generous support for the LIPSS project provided by the TG Public Benefits Grant Program and the Center for Higher Education Research, Teaching, and Innovation.