Irish National Student Survey (INSS)

DIT has been conducting surveys among students for several years in order to get unfettered feedback on all aspects of the student experience. This year, for the first time, a national student survey is to be carried out in Ireland and it will be launched for student responses on Monday 04 March 2013.

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The main objectives of the INSS are:

· To increase transparency in relation to the student experience in Higher education institutions
· To enable direct student input on levels of engagement and satisfaction with their higher education institution
· To identify good practice that enhances the students experience
· To assist institutions to identify issues and challenges affecting the student experience
· To serve as a guide for continual enhancement of institutions’ teaching and learning and student engagement
· To document the experiences of the student population, thus enabling year on year comparisons of key performance indicators
· To provide insight into student opinion on important issues of higher education policy and practice
· To facilitate benchmarking with higher education institutions and systems internationally

The 2013 survey is being prepared to open for student responses between 4th of March and the 8th April 2013. The initiative is led by a cross-institutional Plenary Group with representatives from the HEA, IOTI, IUA, USI, and all higher education institutions. DIT is represented on the Plenary Group by Brendan Ruddy. Encouraging everyone to support this initiative Ruddy said “When this survey goes live, we are encouraging all students to participate - the student voice and the student experience are core to DIT values, mission and reputation, and as we have found from our own Student Survey, this national project gives voice to those core values.”

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