Washington State University wants to know about students’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is participating in a national survey to gather feedback.

More than 30,000 students were asked this week to complete by Oct. 31 an online questionnaire called the #RealCollege Survey. Respondents are eligible to receive $100 in a raffle.

Part of national effort

The survey and raffle are from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University. Numerous colleges across the U.S. are also using the tool to seek information. When tabulated, results will show WSU student information as well as national data and trends.

Survey questions cover topics such as pandemic impact on employment and income, food and housing insecurity, resource utilization, family obligations, and mental health.

Faculty support sought

“We ask that faculty help get the word to students about the importance of this survey,” said Mary F. Wack, vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement, who heads the WSU division of the same name. “Our Office of Academic Engagement is leading the effort to solicit student participation, and has sent emails and used social media to reach them.

“We want to hear our students’ voices and understand their experiences better.”

OAE Executive Director Michael Highfill said that some faculty have asked if extra credit can be offered to students completing the survey. There are no prohibitions against doing that, he said.

For more information, contact Michael Highfill, OAE executive director at [email protected].