December 12, 2016

December 12, 2016 – CSHE is pleased to announce that at least eight major research universities will collaborate in the administration of the new SERU Graduate Student Survey (gradSERU) in 2017.

AAU and Carnegie R1 institutions planning to administer gradSERU include the University of Toronto, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Connecticut; internationally, participating institutions include Utrecht University, the University of Bremen, and the University of Göttingen. In addition, a number of other major universities are considering administration of gradSERU on their campuses, thereby joining this international collaboration.

In an era of increased global competition for talent, gradSERU is designed to develop benchmark data and analysis on the graduate student experience and to seek pathways for institutional self-improvement. The gradSERU Survey incorporates a modular design that allows institutions to administer a common Core Survey and a subset of modules that institution’s select based on interest or need.

The gradSERU Survey is designed to help answer questions about the potential relationship between graduate education experiences, program characteristics, and development outcomes of master’s and doctoral students at the leading research universities across the globe.

After piloting the survey instrument at three different doctoral granting universities in the United States, the SERU research team is continuing to enroll AAU and Carnegie 1 institutions and top international universities to participate in gradSERU in 2017 through the first week of January.

The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium is an academic and policy research collaboration among major research universities based at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at UC Berkeley, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, the International Graduate Insight Group Ltd (i-graduate), and the Higher School of Economics – Moscow, and member universities. Some 40 universities are members of the Consortium. Each campus administers a customized version of the SERU undergraduate survey and/or gradSERU, shares data and best practices, and collaborates on an expanding research agenda.

For Further Information on participating in gradSERU, contact Ron Huesman.