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Every Student Has A Voice. Every Voice Is Heard.


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

SERU COVID-19 Survey Policy Briefs

Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium administered a special survey on the impact of COVID-19 on student experience at 10 US public research universities in May-July 2020. The SERU COVID-19 Survey assesses 5 areas of the student experience for both undergraduates and graduate students impacted by the pandemic and campus closures: (1) the transition to remote instruction, (2) the financial impact of COVID-19 on students, (3) student health and wellbeing, (4) belonging and engagement, and (5) future plans.

The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium is an academic and policy research collaboration based at Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California – Berkeley (CSHE) working in partnership with the University of Minnesota and partner institutions. More information:

More policy briefs are coming! In the meantime, please check out the SERU webinar that features the preliminary results from the SERU COVID-19 Survey.