About CUSC

Universities look to Institutional Research professionals for clear-eyed, data-informed advice to shape strategic choices. For you to give your best advice, you need to know not only your own data, but how that compares or contrasts with other institutions.

CUSC gives you that context as Canada’s longest-standing and foremost provider of undergraduate student satisfaction and experience surveys.  Since CUSC’s inception in 1994, universities across Canada have jointly implemented surveys of their undergraduate students to be able to better understand and serve their students. The surveys run once a year in the Winter term and operate on a three-year cycle, alternating between first-year students, middle years students, and graduating students.  The three surveys contain common questions that allow universities to track changes in student satisfaction and success from first-year to -middle years to graduating year.

You can download our most recent survey results report using the button below.

Download “2019 CUSC Survey of First-Year Students” rpt_CUSC_2019-First-Year-Student-Survey_Master-Report-English.pdf – Downloaded 217 times – 2 MB

If you have any questions about participation in CUSC or the improved suite of surveys, please contact us at admin@cusc-ccreu.ca.You can also have additional information on the ‘Taking Part’ page.

Surveys

CUSC operates on a three-year cycle, alternating between graduating students, first-year students, and middle years students.

The 2014 Middle Years Student Survey replaces the former All Undergraduates Survey and is the first in CUSC’s improved suite of surveys. The new suite builds on the strengths of the past surveys and continues to run on a three-year rotation. All of the surveys continue to focus on the Canadian university student experience, providing answers to concrete questions such as the use of and satisfaction with services. Comparison and benchmarking opportunities remain possible through the data collected.

While many of the core features that made the CUSC-CCREU surveys successful remain, some changes are introduced. The revised surveys aim to collect information about what students expect of their university, their motivations for going to university, whether they have a goal in mind, and their self-reported development. The three surveys will contain common questions to help universities assess how their students change as they progress through their education. Core questions found on all three CUSC‐CCREU surveys include:

  • Demographics/ personal profile
  • Students’ academic profile
  • Use of and satisfaction with various facilities and services
  • Experiences with faculty
  • Students’ academic profile
  • Financing education
  • Whether the university experience exceeded, met, or fell short of expectations
  • Assessment of the overall university experience
  • Open-ended questions – Which aspects of your experience were the most negative/ most positive?

Notes: All three surveys are the intellectual property of CUSC. When referencing any of the questions included in CUSC’s surveys, please cite the source (e.g. Canadian University Survey Consortium. CUSC 2014 survey – Middle Years Students). Please note that the on-line surveys differ in appearance from the posted versions of the questionnaires.

Taking Part

Any Canadian university with degree-granting authority may apply to become a member of CUSC-CCREU. Members receive a master data file containing responses to all survey items from all participating member universities, a data file of responses to open-ended questions from their students, and the master (institutional) report. CUSC members are also eligible to attend and participate as a voting member in the CUSC spring meeting and the Annual General Meeting. CUSC members must sign and abide by the Consortium’s Data Licensing and Membership Agreement. The fee for CUSC membership is $500. Post-secondary institutions that do not wish to become members may participate in CUSC-CCREU surveys at the discretion of the Board. Non-member institutions are not required to sign the Data Licensing and Membership Agreement since they do not receive data from other institutions. Non-member institutions receive data only from their students. Their student’s responses will be excluded from the master data files and report. The fee for non-member participation in the survey is $250.The survey package cost is based on the number of students your institution invites to participate in the survey. This ranges from $2,900 for up to 500 students, to $5,200 for up to 15,000 students. Other options are available for additional charges. Please see CUSC 2019 Prices for full details.

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Request Results

Each university that participates in CUSC owns its survey data. CUSC members make data available to other members of the Consortium according to the Data Licensing and Membership Agreement. This Agreement prohibits the Corporation or any member of the Consortium from releasing the data of any other university. The Corporation does not own the data and cannot release it with the identities of universities disclosed.

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Contacts

Executive and Board Members

President

Tyler Hall, Carleton University (Term 2018-2020)

Past-President

Linda Kupp, Thompson Rivers University (Term 2017-2019)

Vice-President

Glenn Keeler, The King’s University (Term 2018-20)

Treasurer

Wayne Sun, Simon Fraser University (Term 2017-19)

Secretary

Isabelle Cormier, Mount Saint Vincent University (Term 2018-20)

Directors

Kimberley McCausland, Ryerson University (Term 2018-20)
Cameron Tilson, Concordia University (Term 2017-19)
Katlyn Guzar, Redeemer University (Term 2018-20)
Bojan Korenic, MacEwan University (Term 2018-20)
Melissa Dupuis, University of Winnipeg (Term 2018-20)

Projects Coordinator

Dan Pletzer