Student Success and Retention

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Connection Survey



What is the Connection Survey?

The Connection Survey is a campus-wide new student transition tool that asks new students to respond to a survey in the first 5-7 weeks of the semester. Based on the student's responses and some pre-college information, the survey identifies students who may be struggling with the transition to college and students who might be at-risk for leaving the university.  Based on their answers students receive information and/or outreach from a variety of campus resources to support their transition.  

What do we do with the information?

After a student responds to the survey, they may be contacted by staff around the university offering specific resources to help a student succeed at UNI. Additionally, university administrators take the data from the entire first-year class to make decisions on how to best provide services to students.

Why are we utilizing the Connection Survey?

We want our students to succeed.  The Connection Survey identifies students who may be struggling early in the semester, allowing for immediate support and intervention by UNI faculty and staff.  We can connect with students who are having difficulties and are at risk for leaving UNI by connecting them to resources. We want our students to feel that they matter and belong at UNI.

How Students Access the Survey

Students receive a personalized link in their UNI email account the day the survey launches. This link is unique to each student and should not be shared. Students will receive two additional reminder emails during the two weeks that the survey is open.  

How Faculty and Staff Access the Survey

Faculty/Staff that are interested in being involved in the Connection Survey should contact Student Success and Retention ( for more information.