I’m a few weeks away from my qualifying exam so I took an opportunity to update my dissertation synopsis so my advisor can use it to write my second question. It includes my final survey instrument and a few notes related to the pilot administration.
In the meantime, I wait for surveys to be administered and returned. I’ve mailed about 5,500 surveys to 11 institutions. I was very fortunate in being able to get a fairly diverse group of institutions to participate. However, I’m a bit nervous that a handful of institutions that have not yet committed to participating in NSSE in 2011 may decide (or be forced) to not participate. That wouldn’t kill my study but it might require significant changes.