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A major objective of the Student Experience in the Research University Consortium and Project is to pursue and support academic and policy relevant research related to the student experience, and more generally to how student support and interact in the tripartite mission of research-intensive university – teaching and learning, research and knowledge production, and public service and civic engagement. In turn, SERU research helps shape the SERU Survey instruments including the addition of new Modules that reflect the changing nature of the student populations and the operations and concerns of our member universities.

The SERU Project engages a wide array of scholars and institutional analysts in this on-going effort, often using SERU Data, but not exclusively. Among the areas of research being pursued:

  • Academic Engagement
  • Undergraduate Research Engagement
  • Civic Engagement
  • Campus Climate
  • Technology and Learning
  • The Experience of Sub-Populations
    • Race and Gender
    • Socio-Economic Background
    • Immigrant Students
    • International Students
  • Learning Outcomes
  • International Comparative Analysis – including Cultural Differences
  • Graduate Education – aligning with our new SERU Graduate Student Survey


(Book) Civic Engagement and Community Service at Research Universities Engaging Undergraduates for Social Justice, Social Change and Responsible Citizenship by Kista Soria, Tania Mitchell, and June Nobbe (Ed). Palgrave 2016.

College Affordability and the Emergence of Progresssive Tuition Models: Are New Financial Aid Policies at Major Public Universities Working? By Patrick A. Lapid & John Aubrey Douglass CSHE 7.16 (June 2016)  

"Research University Spaces: The Multiple Purposes of an Undergraduate Education" by Steven Brint 9.15 (October 2015)

The Liberal Arts and the University: Tracing the Origins and Structure of Undergraduate Education In the US and at the University Of California by Nicholas B. Dirks 7.15 (June 2015)

Academic Engagement, High Impact Practices, and Learning Outcomes and Comparisons With Other Institutions by Department presented at 2014 AERA Annual Meeting by Yunhee Bae and Mark Troy – Texas A&M (April 2014)

First-Generation Students’ Sense of Belonging, Mental Health, and Use of Counseling Services at Public Research Universities by Michael J. Stebleton, Krista M. Soria, and Ronald L. Huesman Jr. Journal of College Counseling, 17:1, 6-20 (April 2014)

Recent Immigrant Students at Research Universities: The Relationship Between Campus Climate and Sense of Belonging by Michael J. Stebleton, Krista M. Soria, Ronald L. Huesman Jr., and Vasti Torres. Journal of College Student Development, 55:2, 196-202 (March 2014)

Undergraduate Research Engagement at Major US Research Universities by John A. Douglass and Chun-Mei Zhao CSHE.14.13 (November 2013)

Continuing the Conversation: The Profile of New UC Berkeley Undergraduates on Academic Probation. UC Berkeley Topic in Brief (July 2013)

Comparisons Between 2012 & 2013 within TAMU High Impact Practices (HIP) for the Student Experience in the Research University Survey (SERU) by Yunhee Bae – Texas A&M (2013)

What are Students Telling Us? SERU Briefings from the University of Iowa (2013)

Trends Toward Global Excellence in Undergraduate Education: Taking the Liberal Arts Experience into the 21st Century by Marijk van der Wende. CSHE 18.12 (December 2012)

Student-Faculty and Peer Interactions among Immigrant College Students in the United States by Michael J. Stebleton, Krista M. Soria, Marina B. Aleixo, and Ronald L. Huesman Jr. Multicultural Learning and Teaching, 7:2 (December 2012)

Portrait of the Disengaged by Steven Brint and Allison M. Cantwell. CSHE.9.12 (June 2012)

The University of Texas at Austin and the Research University Advantage by Casey Brown and Gale Stuart, SERU 2011 Data, Office of Assessment, Division of Student Affairs, May 2012

Finance and Financial Stressors in the Undergraduate Experience at UT Austin, by Gale Stuart and Alyssa D. Kaye, SERU 2011 Data, Office of Assessment, Division of Student Affairs, May 2012

Indicators of Student Wellness at UT Austin, by Alyssa D. Kaye and Gale Stuart, SERU 2011 Data, Office of Assessment, Division of Student Affairs, May 2012

The International Student Diversity Effect: A Profile of a Global Movement of Talent at a Group of Major U.S. Universities by Chun-Mei Zhao and John Aubrey Douglass, , Higher Education Forum, Vol. 9, March 2012, pp. 29-44.

Searching for the Holy Grail of Learning Outcomes by John Aubrey Douglass, Gregg Thomson, and Chun-Mei Zhao. CSHE.3.12 (February 2012)

The Learning Outcomes Race: the Value of Self-Reported Gains in Large Research Universities by John Aubrey Douglass, Gregg Thomson and Chun-Mei Zhao, Higher Education, February 2012.

Poor and Rich: Student Economic Stratification and Academic Performance in a Public Research University System, by John Aubrey Douglass and Gregg Thomson, Higher Education Quarterly, January 2012.

2012 Annual Accountability Report by UC Office of the President Institutional Research Unit.

The Use of UCUES Data in Planning and Assessment of Undergraduate Advising by UC Berkeley - Office of Planning and Analysis (2012)

Who Leaves UC Santa Cruz and When? Retention and Graduation Among Freshmen Cohorts by Julian L. Fernald - UC Santa Cruz (December 2011) 

Factor Structure and Reliability of the 2011 SERU/UCUES Questionnaire Core by Steve Chatman. SERU Project Technical Report. (November 2011)

No Evidence of Substantive Nonresponse Bias for the 2011 Administration by Steve Chatman. SERU Project Technical REport (November 2011)

Best Practices When Using Student Survey Results in Academic Program Review by Steve Chatman. SERU Project Technical Report (October 2011)

Wealth, Cost and the Undergraduate Student Experience at Large Public Research Universities by Steve Chatman. CSHE.13.11 (October 2011)

Diversity Matters: New Directions for Institutional Research on Undergraduate Racial/Ethnic and Economic Diversity by Gregg Thomson. CSHE 8.11 (May 2011)

Academic Disciplines and the Undergraduate Experience: Rethinking Bok's "Underachieving Colleges" Thesis by Steven Brint and Allison M. Cantwell. CSHE.6.11 (March 2011)

The Immigrant's University: A Study of Academic Performance and the Experiences of Recent Immigrant Groups at the University of California by John Aubrey Douglass and Gregg Thomson. Higher Education Policy 23, 451-474 (December 2010)

DO I BELONG HERE? Exploring Immigrant College Student Responses on the SERU Survey Sense of Belonging/Satisfaction Factor by Michael J. Stebleton, Ronald L. Huesman, Jr., Aliya Kuzhabekova.

Annual Accountability Sub-Report on Diversity (Revised) UC Office of the President  (September 2010) 

Engaged Learning in a Public University: Trends in the Undergraduate Experience. Report on the Results of the 2008 University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey by Steven Brint, John Aubrey Douglass, Gregg Thomson, and Steve Chatman. CSHE.2.10 (February 2010)

Factor Structure And Reliability Of The 2008 And 2009 SERU/UCUES Questionnaire Core by Steve Chatman. SERU Project Technical Report (October 2009)

Measures of Nonresponse Bias Associated with the 2008 Administration of the University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey by Steve Chatman. SERU Project Technical Report (June 2009)

Recognizing and then Using Disciplinary Patterns of the Undergraduate Experience: Getting Past Institutional Standards by Steve Chatman. CSHE.6.2009 (May 2009)

Decoding Learning Gains: Measuring Outcomes and the Pivotal Role of the Major and Student Backgrounds by Gregg Thomson and John Aubrey Douglass. CSHE.5.2009 (May 2009)

Transfer Student Experiences and Success at Berkeley by Sereeta Alexander, Debbie Ellis, and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton. CSHE.24.2009 (March 2009)

Ethical Decision-Making in College: Choosing Between Right, Wrong, and the Space in Between by Fanny P.F. Yeung and Jennifer R. Keup. CSHE.23.2009 (March 2009)

The "Turning Point" for Minority Pre-Meds: The Effect of Early Undergraduate Experience in the Sciences on Aspirations to Enter Medical School of Minority Students at UC Berkeley and Stanford University by Donald A. Barr and John Matsui. CSHE.20.2008 (November 2008)

Undergraduate Research Participation at the University of California, Berkeley by Elizabeth Berkes. CSHE.17.2008 (November 2008)

The Influence of Wealth and Race in Four-Year College Attendance by Su Jin Jez. CSHE.18.2008 (November 2008)

The Poor and the Rich: A Look at Economic Stratification and Academic Performance Among Undergraduate Students in the United States by John Aubrey Douglass and Gregg Thomson. CSHE.15.2008 (October 2008)

Undergraduate Time Use and Academic Outcomes: Results from UCUES 2006 by Steven Brint and Allison M. Cantwell. CSHE.14.2008 (October 2008)

Conference Papers from 2007 SymposiumAssessing the Undergraduate Experience in the Postmodern University

Does Diversity Matter in the Education Process? An Exploration of Student Interactions by Wealth, Religion, Politics, Race, Ethnicity and Immigrant Status at the University of California. Steven Chatman. CSHE.3.5.2008 (March 2008).

Two Cultures: Undergraduate Academic Engagement. Steven Brint, Allison M. Cantwell and Robert A. Hannerman. CSHE.4.08 (March 2008)

The Immigrant University: Assessing the Dynamics of Race, Major and Socioeconomic Characteristics at the University of California. John Aubrey Douglass, Heinke Roebken, and Gregg Thomson. CSHE.19.07 (November 2007)

From Diversity to Educational Equity: A Discussion of Academic Integration and Issues Facing Underprepared UCSC Students. Holly Gritsch de Cordova and Charis Herzon. CSHE.16.07 (November 2007)

Different Patterns of Student-Faculty Interaction In Research Universities: An Analysis by Student Gender, Race, SES, and First-Generation Status. Young K. Kim and Linda J. Sax. CSHE.10.07 (August 2007)

2007 General Report: A New Generation: Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, Immigration and the Undergraduate Experience at the University of California. Steve Brint, John Aubrey Douglass, Richard Flacks, Gregg Thomson and Steve Chatman. CSHE.14.07 (September 2007)

Institutional Versus Academic Discipline Measures of Student Experience: A Matter of Relative Validity. Steve Chatman. CSHE.8.07. (May 2007).

Multiple Goals, Satisfaction, and Achievement in University Undergraduate Education: A Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Project Research Paper. Heinke Roebken. CSHE.2.07. (February 2007).

A Common Factor Solution for UCUES 2006 Upper Division Core Items. Steve Chatman, SERU/UCUES Project Director.

Overview of UCUES Response Rates and Bias Issues. Steve Chatman, SERU/UCUES Project Director.

Promoting Civic Engagement at the University of California: Recommendations from the Strategy Group on Civic and Academic Engagement. Jodi Anderson, John Aubrey Douglass, et al. CSHE.2.06. December 2005.

Civic and Academic Engagement in the Multiversity: Institutional Trends and Initiatives at the University of California. Proceedings of a University of California Symposium held June 10, 2005. CSHE.2.06. December 2005.

2004 General Report: Learning And Academic Engagement In The Multiversity-Results Of The First University Of California Undergraduate Experience Survey. Richard Flacks, Gregg Thompson, John Douglass, and Kyra Caspary. CSHE.3.04. June 2004.

Background Papers

Undergraduate Student Computer Use: A Literature Review of Current ResearchKristine Spratt, University of California, Santa Barbara

New Opportunities in Student Research: Going Beyond the Conversion of Paper Survey Forms to Web SurveysSteve Chatman, Director, Student Affairs Research and Information - UC Davis.