Student writing experiences survey

In Fall 2017, we kicked off a multi-year study about the writing experience of incoming Purdue students and as of Fall 2019 are in our third year of the research. This study aims to uncover the kinds of writing that students completed in high school before entering the university.

If you’re a new student at Purdue, take the survey now!

The study, “Assessing Pre-University Writing Experience in New Entering Students,” is designed to gather baseline data on students’ writing experience, so that researchers and instructors have a better understanding of the diverse types of composition experiences that Purdue students have and have not encountered. Studies increasingly demonstrate that strong written communication skills are highly valued by employers, so it is important to discover what kinds of skills students already have when entering the university, and which need further development.

The study will run for three years, with online surveys administered each fall from 2017 to 2019. New beginners at Purdue will be emailed a link to the survey at the beginning of the fall semester, and the survey can be accessed right here from our website once data collection begins. Participants are also able to enter to win one of ten $25 gift cards for participation.

If you have questions, comments or concerns about this research project, you can talk to one of the researchers. Please contact Bradley Dilger,, 765-494-3730.

If you have questions about your rights while taking part in the study or have concerns about the treatment of research participants, please call the Human Research Protection Program at (765) 494-5942, email ( or write to:

Human Research Protection Program – Purdue University
Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 1032
155 S. Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114