Who is the Humboldt Student?

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Find out how our undergraduates experience Cal Poly Humboldt. Who are they? What assets do they bring? What do they need? What do they hope for at Humboldt? Below, you will find a series of resources that take deep dives into understanding who our students are and what they say about their experience at Humboldt.

Humboldt Student Snapshots

A collection of video stories from Humboldt students in their own voice. These stories are about the experiences of students as they live in Humboldt County and explore both the county and the Humboldt campus. Student Snapshots are quick 1-minute videos created by students sharing their unique experiences from their own vantage points. Check back often for new stories!

The Humboldt Student - A Three Part Look 
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How do our undergraduates experience Cal Poly Humboldt? Here are findings from Humboldt's 2017 participation in the National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE), an annual survey that collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about first-year and senior students' participation in programs/activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. Learn more about our students and how they engage with our campus, how it compares with other CSU’s, and how that relates to the perceptions of instructional staff in this three-part series presented by Dr. Lisa Castellio, former Associate Vice President of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

Part I. September 2017 NSSE Presentation

NSSE asks students about their time in various learning activities that are linked to previous research on student success in college. You will also hear benchmarks and comparisons to other California State University (CSU) campuses that participated in the consortium.

Part II. November 2017 FSSE Presentation

FSSE, Faculty Survey of Student Engagement surveys complement the NSSE by surveying instructional staff (faculty and graduate students who teach) to gather their perceptions of student engagement and interaction.

Part III. December 2017 Presentation

  • Video: NSSE Inclusiveness and Engagement with Diversity Module Presentation Recording (coming soon!)
  • PowerPoint: NSSE Part III Presentation


Humboldt Environmental Scan

Read A Snapshot of Humboldt's Current Conditions, Circumstances and Influences for a look at Humboldt's Vision, Nationwide Trends in Higher Ed, and Priorities of California and the CSU.

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