Earlier this summer, NCI received the anonymised and raw Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) data collected in spring 2018 back from our students via the organisers (see http://studentsurvey.ie/ for more details). As always, it makes for very interesting reading and it continues to tell us much about ourselves, both in terms of our strengths and where we still have some work to do.
The resulting Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) 2018 – report follows in the footsteps of previous analyses undertaken here at NCI regarding our own data; these are available at Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) 2017 – report and Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) 2016 – report respectively.
The increase in NCI’s response rate this year means that our quantitative and qualitative data is ever more representative of what our first and final year undergraduate, as well as our postgraduate taught, students are thinking and saying. This year’s report has also used similar lenses to those employed in previous years, but there is also a dedicated, if brief, section regarding what our part-time students are telling us too.
ISSE has a real role to play in Higher Education in Ireland today. Indeed, as one of our part-time students wrote: “it would be great to ensure our voice is captured”. It is even more imperative that we take what our students are saying on board and that we are seen to do so. We need to respond constructively to what our students are telling us and to continue to work in conjunction with them as partners in their education.