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Planning a survey?

One of the office's roles is to coordinate the University's efforts to improve and better understand itself through student surveys. As the ease of conducting online surveys grows, and their number increases, students become less willing to respond to any single one, adversely impacting response rates and validity of the data obtained. Without good coordination, the University is at risk of undermining its ability to improve, to better understand itself, and even to be in compliance with the terms of corporate and foundation grants which mandate this kind of student data. 

If you are planning to conduct a survey of students, please reach out to our office to discuss how best to meet your need for student self-report data.

We are available to help by: 

  1. With adequate notice and after review by a standing group of College staff named the Survey Liaison Group, integrating your survey items within a regularly scheduled, centralized survey (most centralized surveys obtain response rates of over 90%).
  2. Identifying a random sample of your chosen population, so you can survey fewer students, but still obtain methodologically valid and generalizable results.
  3. Suggesting times of year to conduct your survey, so as to maximize response rates and minimize conflict with other surveys.  
  4. Integrating your survey data with institutional student data (where appropriate and as permitted by FERPA and other regulatory guidance). 
  5. Helping you refine, develop, and streamline a survey instrument.

Contact Esul Park ( to begin the conversation.