Student Comments & DEI

Student Comments Provide Detailed Insight on DEI-Related Campus Issues

The way students engage in their campus environments has changed drastically over the past two years, partially due to the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest, which led to differential effects for several minoritized populations. Research suggests that an increasing number of minoritized college students lack a sense of belonging or adequate resources to support their engagement efforts (Hussain & Jones, 2019; Koo, 2021). While quantitative data on student engagement is a meaningful resource to capture large-scale perceptions around diversity and inclusion on college campuses, researchers and administrators must seek the voices and opinions of the diverse students they serve. Sometimes forgotten amid the volume of NSSE data are the student comments (Kinzie, Silberstein & Palmer, 2021). NSSE provides institutions with a choice of end-of-survey open-text questions (including an option to customize your own) (Table 1).

Commitments to equity and inclusion support the elevation of student voices in assessment.

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