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Why didn’t I receive a student survey about fall return to campus?

Surveys are designed to gather generalizable data based on the opinions of a representative sample of the student population and the University rarely does a census survey of its entire student body. In order to have the time to analyze the survey results and take into account the student perspective in the decision-making process, the survey was sent to a random sample of 17,000 students at University Park and the Commonwealth Campuses. As the data are analyzed, the Return to Campus task group will share the survey results with the Penn State community. Further, the task group is planning for future surveys as well as focus groups for students to provide the insights the University needs before returning to in-person experiences.