This survey is measuring student engagement. Student engagement with higher education is enhanced through exposing students to a high quality learning environment. Measuring engagement provides a means to develop a fuller understanding of the student experience above and beyond that ascertained through student satisfaction surveys.
The Current Survey Questions
Validity and reliability of the question set
The first national survey for postgraduate research students ran as a pilot in 2018. The survey is referred to as PGR StudentSurvey.ie (formerly ISSE-PGR). A report of independent testing of the validity and reliability of data from the pilot PGR StudentSurvey.ie survey is available below.
The same question set was used in 2013, 2014 and 2015. A revised survey for StudentSurvey.ie was introduced in 2016 and will be retained for future years. The revised questions are the result of experiences gained since the 2013 national pilot, analysis of three years’ resulting data, and related national and international developments. The number of questions was reduced and the questions were simplified, but the ability to compare with similar surveys internationally is maintained.
A report of independent testing of the validity and reliability of data for the StudentSurvey.ie 2016 question set is available below.