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Survey Research

In accordance with CIAP's Terms of Reference, CIAP's collection of information is governed by the need for meaningful quantitative measures of important features of the University's environment and performance. In fulfillment of this need, it:

  • conducts environment scans to advise the University about educational trends
  • serves as the University's principal agent for surveys of students, staff and alumni

Analysis is guided by the need of the University to understand how it is employing its resources and can direct these resources towards institutional problems and opportunities.

CIAP conducts several major surveys on a recurring basis, however it also administers smaller surveys based on departmental requests, typically in relation to an Academic Program Review.


Recurring Surveys

CIAP conducts several surveys on a regular basis. The current rotation consists of two consecutive years of surveys created by CIAP and partners followed by a year of a major external survey called the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

First Year Experience Survey

The focus of this study is the first year cohort entering each Fall semester.  The survey is conducted during the last half of the following Winter semester.

Graduating Student Survey

This survey focuses on students who have completed a program in Fall or will complete a program in the Winter semester.  It is administered during the last half of the Winter semester.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The NSSE is administered by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research on a yearly basis during Memorial's winter academic term.  Memorial participates every three years, having done so for the first time in 2008.  It focuses on undergraduate students in their first-year and those in their fourth (or final) year of study.



Other Surveys & Collaborations

Our goal is to establish and maintain a unified practice for Memorial for surveys dealing with University matters. One important aspect of this is working with any parties at Memorial when it comes to developing and administering surveys aimed at specific topics and student sub-populations. This could range from small in-class surveys for a single department to University-wide surveys on behalf of broader interest groups. Please click here to find out about some of the major surveys that CIAP has aided with.