Beginning in fall 2012, the Provost's Office and the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life (SACL) are collaborating on a longitudinal study of first year students' experiences and progress. The focus of this study is on the quality and variety of students' early experiences at UMass Amherst, their access to services designed to facilitate their academic and social success, and their own engagement in the campus' academic and social opportunities.
In academic year 2012-2013, all first year students were surveyed about their early experiences at UMass Amherst (survey administered in late September) and again midway through their first semester (late October-early November). A smaller sub-set were surveyed for a third time at the end of their first year. A similar protocol will be followed in 2013-2014 with results used to inform actions associated with the student success priorities outlined in the campus' Strategic Plan.