The 15-minute survey was sent as a link in an e-mail to nearly 1,700 second-year students earlier this month.
Developed by Laurie Schreiner, professor of higher education at Azusa Pacific University, the survey collects national information about sophomore success. The results of these surveys have helped individual institutions establish programs and services to meet the needs of sophomores and second-year students.
A team of NIU staff, graduate students and faculty members will use survey responses to plan initiatives to support second-year students in areas such as campus involvement and leadership development, residence life, major selection and confirmation, and career decision-making, starting as soon as next fall.
The survey is administered by Performa Higher Education. Results will allow NIU to compare the needs of its sophomore students with those of others at universities across the United States.
After students complete the survey, they will be given the option to enter their z-ID numbers in a random drawing for prizes. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.