Student Opinion

Student Opinion Gatherings (SOGs)

UVU’s Institutional Research department conducts student focus group discussions, also known as Student Opinion Gatherings, to collect qualitative data and gain an in-depth understanding of student perspectives on a variety of campus issues. These gatherings are held about three times each semester for 90 minutes each and include incentives of a pizza lunch and two movie passes per person. These groups address a variety of issues concerning students; past topics have included course scheduling, parking, and general education.

For information on any of these topics, please contact Angela Ward at or 801-863-5311.



January: Parking Issues

February: General Education Courses

March: Structured Enrollment and Associate’s Degrees

April: Associate’s Degrees and Financial Aid

June: Library Use

September: Presidential Transition Perceptions and Expectations

October: Financial Aid, Application Process, Registration (Opinions on New Programs and Websites)

November: Prospective Student Services Marketing Materials



September: Core Themes (Inclusion, Engagement, Serious, Student Success)

October: UVU Motto (Phrases and Key Words)

November: Survey Responses (What Motivates Students to Take Surveys)

Campus Climate Survey

2016 Executive Summary

Student Opinion Survey

(AKA The Omnibus Survey)

This survey is administered every Fall and Spring semester and seeks to collect student feedback on their experience at UVU. Approximately half of current students are randomly selected and invited to participate via email. Survey is administered online and results are posted here. Any departments on campus who are interested in submitting questions can contact for more information.

List of topics covered in each Student Opinion Survey

Spring 2018    Fall 2018

Spring 2017    Fall 2017

Spring 2016    Fall 2016

Spring 2015    Fall 2015

Spring 2014    Fall 2014    

Spring 2013

Spring 2012    Fall 2012  

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

UVU participates in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE - pronounced "Nessie") each year. First-year students and graduating seniors are invited via campus email to take the web-based survey during Spring semester. The purpose of the survey is to collect information on how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. Specifically, at UVU, the results are used to assess students’ levels of engagement, understand how institutional resources, courses, and other learning opportunities facilitate student engagement, and measure UVU’s mission fulfillment.

NSSE 2018

Administration Summary

Engagement Indicators

Frequencies and Statistical Comparisons

High-Impact Practices

Multi-Year Report

Pocket Guide Report

Respondent Profile

Selected Comparison Groups


Topical Module - Development of Transferable Skills

IR Report - Development of Transferable Skills

Topical Module - Inclusiveness and Engagement with Diversity

IR Report - Inclusiveness and Engagement with Diversity

IR Report: Satisfying and Disappointing Experiences

For NSSE data prior to 2018, please contact Angela Ward at or 801-863-5311.