Student Diversity Outreach, Enrollment and Retention

The President’s Commission on Women

The President’s Commission on Women (PCW) serves as an advocate for the interests of the entire community of women at RIT. The PCW—constituted of faculty, staff and students— advocates for and advises the President on the progress of RIT’s commitment to securing equitable representation, opportunities, and rewards for women at RIT.
Learn more about the commission

RIT-Rochester Prep High School Partnership

RIT’s close partnership with the Rochester Prep High School is a model for preparing urban youth for successful college careers. Collaboratively designed by RIT and Rochester Prep, the partnership brings 9th-, 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-graders onto the RIT campus for a wide variety of academic, social, and co-curricular activities. By the time RPHS students graduate, they are skilled at navigating the often baffling twists and turns of college life.
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National Student Surveys

As a student-centered university, RIT provides its students many opportunities to assess their experience of RIT—from evaluating the faculty who teach their classes, to sharing their level of satisfaction with the university, to reporting their perceptions of their own personal and intellectual growth.

We are committed to administering to undergraduates two major student surveys that help us adjust and create policies and practices for students. The information provided by student responses is an invaluable tool in RIT’s decision making.

Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) by Ruffalo Noel Levitz

RNL

The Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) by Ruffalo Noel Levitz is the gold standard of college student satisfaction surveys. Students have the opportunity to rate their satisfaction with various aspects of their college experience—from academic advising to billing policies to faculty availability after class. And they also indicate which of these aspects are most important to them.

Here is a sample of a completed inventory:

RNL Survey example

The “gap” referred to in the last column to the right is the difference between how important the item is to the students and how satisfied they are with it. This extra dimension, which is  unique to the SSI, provides users of the completed instruments an added dimension with which to interpret results.

The SSI is flexible: it allows institutions to insert 10 additional questions on topics of particular importance to them.

Students are alerted to the upcoming survey in early February of even years. They receive emails from the President and the RNL management team until the first day of the survey’s administration (usually in mid-March). Because we appreciate the value of our students’ time, we have instituted a lottery for survey completers: a random drawing selects twenty completers to receive Amazon gift certificates.

Results of the survey are shared with the entire university community through such bodies as Student Government, Staff Council, Academic Senate, and University Council.

Selected results of past surveys are available here:

  • 2000  
  • 2004
  • 2010
  • 2014
  • 2018

For more information about the SSI, contact Dr. Katherine Mayberry, Senior Advisor for Diversity Outreach, Enrollment, and Retention (kjmgpt@rit.edu).

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

NSSE

The other national survey that RIT undergraduates complete is the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This instrument, which students complete in odd years, focuses on students’ perceptions of the benefits they are deriving from college—from critical skills like reading, writing, and speaking, to exemplary study skills to, to relationships with faculty. Or, as NSSE puts it, the survey items “represent . . . confirmed ‘good practices’ in undergraduate education.”

The NSSE survey is administered to first-year and senior students; in 2019, almost 300,000 students coming from over 500 colleges and universities completed it.

RIT administers the survey from mid-March to mid-April in odd years. The results are used by prospective college students, their parents, and college counselors. Internally, RIT shares the results with the entire university community through such bodies as Student Government, Staff Council, Academic Senate, and University Council.

As with the SSI, students completing NSSE are eligible to win a $20 Amazon gift certificate through a lottery drawing.

Here’s a facsimile of what the students see as they complete the survey:

nsse survey preview

Selected results of past surveys are available here:

  • 2000  
  • 2004
  • 2010
  • 2014
  • 2018

For more information about the SSI, contact Dr. Katherine Mayberry, Senior Advisor for Diversity Outreach, Enrollment, and Retention (kjmgpt@rit.edu).