New Student Success Survey

The New Student Success Survey is a tool to measure student success among first-year and transfer students at the University of San Francisco! All new students will be sent an e-mail with a web address unique to them to participate in the New Student Success Survey on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The survey will be open for two weeks until Wednesday, September 26. The survey measures three general skill areas, including Academic Behaviors, Commitment & Connection, and Barriers to Success in college. 

The survey is designed for first-time, first-year freshman and transfer students only.

Be on the look out for the invitation e-mail! All new students will receive an e-mail from Sara Solloway, the Assistant Dean of Student Academic Success at CASA, with a unique link to the survey. You cannot share this link with another student. It is unique to you.  

If you don’t receive the email, please look in your spam/junk mailbox or e-mail slsolloway@usfca.edu to receive a new link.

There are about 50 questions that should take approximately 10 - 15 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey in one sitting. The survey asks a variety of questions on issues, including including your attitudes toward USF, the way you study and approach your coursework, as well as some other characteristics about yourself. There are no right or wrong answers, but it is important that you honestly answer the questions. Please plan to spend a minimum of 10 minutes completing the survey. 

Once you complete the survey, USF's data reporting dashboard uses an algorithm to help identify students how new students are transitioning to USF. 

In order for CASA and Residential Life staff to reach out to students in a timely way, an analysis based on your responses to the survey is conducted to understand how students are transitioning to USF based on the three skills areas (Academic Behaviors, Commitment & Connection, and Barriers to Success).

Each skill area is given a priority level and color code:

  • 3rd Priority/Green - Students are generally having a smooth transition and identifies areas that can be helpful tools for students
  • 2nd Priority/Yellow - Students are generally transitioning well, but could benefit from additional USF support and resources
  • 1st Priority/Red - Students may be having a difficult transition and would benefit from USF support and resources

You will receive a report based on your responses to the survey, which is helpful in determining which skills you should focus on for success at USF. In order to receive your report, you must fully complete the survey. If you do not fully complete your survey, you will not receive your report and you will not be able to re-take the survey.

Your report will be prepared 24 - 48 hours after you complete the survey. When your report is ready, you will receive an e-mail to you MyUSF address with a link to your report.

Please make an appointment with your CASA Academic Success Coach to discuss your report as your coach can provide you with support and resources. You can schedule a 1-on-1 appointment with your coach at https://myusf.force.com or you can drop by your coach's Residence Hall Drop-in Hours.

You will receive a report based on your responses within 24 - 48 hours after you have completed the survey. This report will provide you with a good idea of your strengths and areas for growth as you transition to USF. 

 If you live on-campus, you will receive one (1) residence hall lock out card for completing the survey. If you live off-campus, you will receive a free USF gift. You can pick up your gift at the CASA front desk on Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm in the University Center (3rd floor).

Your results are confidential and will only be viewed by CASA Academic Success Coaches and Residence Life staff. Staff utilize the responses to the survey, which assists them in offering you with targeted support, outreach, and intervention in an effort to address individual student concerns.

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Solloway, the Assistant Dean of Student Academic Success at CASA, at slsolloway@usfca.edu, at (415) 422 - 6742, or visit Sara on the 3rd floor of the University Center.