The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey, based at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California-Berkeley, was created to expand knowledge about the undergraduate student experience. Results are used to improve curricula, increase research opportunities, improve services, and inform policy related to undergraduate education.
Your input will help the administration improve the student experience and educational outcomes here at USC. It will help us understand how the USC student experience compares to the experience of students at other major research universities. Additionally, the data will be gathered over a long period of time and shared with other universities who participate in the SERU to gain a greater understanding of educational best practices at leading research universities.
Yes. Your identity and responses on the SERU will remain confidential.
The SERU questions cover a broad range of topics, from the amount of time spent studying to the type of research experiences undergraduates enjoy — a snapshot of undergraduate life at research universities. Questions also gauge the impact of college on such areas as critical thinking, writing and revising term papers, academic preparation, research experiences, overall satisfaction and time management.
Degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled at USC, who are at least 18 years of age, are eligible to take the SERU. Students in the following categories are not eligible to take the SERU survey:
The administration at USC will use the results to inform policy related to curriculum development, campus services, co-curricular learning, and student social development. USC and other participating research universities will contribute their survey data as part of a research consortium organized through Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education. The aggregated data will be used by researchers, professors and students from various countries to gain a better understanding about how to improve the college experience.
Click here to view selected findings from the 2012 administration. When the data becomes available, we will post the 2013 findings on this site.
The SERU takes approximately 23 minutes to complete.
To learn more about the history of the SERU, please visit Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education at: http://cshe.berkeley.edu/research/seru/.
Twenty-three research universities administer the SERU to undergraduate students, including all nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California system, Rutgers, University of Florida, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of Minnesota, University of Oregon, University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas at Austin, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, Texas A&M University, University of Iowa, Purdue University, and Indiana University-Bloomington. USC, the first private university to join the consortium, was its 18th member.
The SERU is more comprehensive than other surveys and includes a wide of range of questions specifically focused on student experiences at research universities. Additionally, the SERU is readily customizable, allowing the introduction of questions specifically tailored to USC.