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Institutional Research and Surveys

The office of institutional effectiveness provides support to administrators, faculty, staff and students at the institution by collecting, analyzing, interpreting and disseminating data and information. In doing so, the office facilitates and informs institutional planning and decision-making.

Much of the data and information gathered and processed by the office is survey data, and the major annual institutional surveys and their schedule of administration are described below.

Major Annually Administered Surveys
(In order of administration, from earliest to latest in any given academic year. See Calendar of Survey Administration on the top right of this page for specifics.)

  • CIRP Freshman Survey
    • Developed by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA; administered annually to all incoming first-year students during summer orientation; comparative data available for all Catholic and for all high-selectivity Catholic colleges participating in the survey; previously referred to as the TFS Survey
    • Provides data on a very broad array of student attitudes and self-reported behaviors
  • SNC Current Student Survey
    • Developed by the office of institutional effectiveness; administered annually to all undergraduates during the fall advisement period
    • Provides information regarding students’ self-reported collegewide and core curriculum learning outcomes, as well as student satisfaction with major, minor and certificate programs
  • SNC Advisement Survey
    • Developed by the office of institutional effectiveness; administered to all undergraduates annually during late March
    • Provides information regarding student satisfaction with academic advisement
  • HERI College Senior Survey
    • Developed by the Higher Education Research Institute; administered to graduating seniors annually during late April and May; longitudinal data available permitting analysis of changes from first to senior year among students who completed both HERI surveys; comparative data available for all Catholic four-year colleges and for all religious-affiliated colleges participating in the survey
    • Provides data on students’ self-reported institutional and general-education learning outcomes; student satisfaction with major, minor and certificate programs; student engagement; and postgraduation plans
  • The Outcomes Survey
    • Developed by GradLeaders Inc.; administered annually to seniors graduating in May, August and December, with follow-up at three-months, six-months and 12 months postgraduation
    • Provides information regarding students’ first destinations following graduation, including work, postgraduate education and/or voluntary or military service
  • HEDS Alumni Survey
    • Developed by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium; administered annually to alumni five and 10 years postgraduation; comparative data available for other HEDS institutions participating in the survey
    • Provides information regarding student self-reported liberal arts learning outcomes, student satisfaction, student engagement and postgraduate education and work experiences
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