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Surveys

The goal of assessment is to improve the quality of University of Idaho programs, services and campus climate. The U of I uses assessment results to make determinations of quality, effectiveness, accomplishments and mission fulfillment. One method for collecting this data are surveys administered by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation (IEA). All of these surveys are confidential and the data is used in the aggregate.

See surveys below for more information on each one. Requests for reports, data or information beyond what is available here should be sent to assessment@uidaho.edu.

 

The CIRP Freshmen Survey (TFS) is offered by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA since 1973. U of I students enrolled in English 101 or 102 are asked to complete the paper survey sometime within their first three weeks of class. The purpose of this survey is to better understand what our incoming students are like before they experience college. U of I has administered this survey annually since 1992. The survey yields information on student demographics, study patterns, and social activities in the senior year of high school, academic self-assessment, career goals, ways of financing college education, and objectives of college study. In addition, we are able to evaluate how our students compare to students nationwide, and also with previous classes of U of I students.

Reports

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) has been administered by the Center for Postsecondary Research in the Indiana University School of Education since 1998. U of I freshmen and senior students are asked to complete an online survey administered directly by NSSE. The purpose of this survey is to better understand student engagement, and how our undergraduates spend and benefit from their time in college. U of I first participated in this study in 2000 and currently aims to participate every other year. Survey items reflect behaviors (of both students and institutions) associated with good practices in undergraduate education. According to NSSE, “Institutions use their data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience inside and outside the classroom that can be improved.”

Reports

The Graduating Senior Survey has been administered by IEA since 1992. U of I seniors planning to graduate are expected to complete the online survey when they are logged into VandalWeb, and before they complete the Application for Degree. The content of the survey is based on goals and objectives relative to academic programs and campus-wide student services. Student opinions, satisfaction with their experiences, and reflections on their learning are dimensions of this exit survey, as are students’ perspectives on the five Institutional Learning Outcomes. Demographic data is gathered from Banner and retained along the survey responses.

The survey questions elicit satisfaction ratings regarding: experiences and learning in the general education programs and in the major; student services and resources for students; library and learning resources; academic computing; financial support for education; research experience and study patterns; career advising resources; semesters spent earning a degree and reasons for extended programs; and, living and employment patterns. A section of this survey is devoted to the department, and its teaching and learning environment, and another section to advising.

In 2017, IEA was responsive to requests to provide this information in a dashboard. The dashboard replaces earlier narrative reports. Access to the dashboard is generally given to U of I deans, department chairs and directors. Additional or new requests for access to the dashboard should be sent to ir@uidaho.edu and specify the educational interest in accessing and using the data.

The Great Colleges to Work For survey is administered by ModernThink LLC for The Chronicle. It is the largest and most comprehensive workplace study in higher education and provides educational leads insights on the workplace experience for faculty and staff. The U of I first participated in this study in 2016 with a random sampling, and has included all faculty and staff annually since 2017. The survey questions represent employee engagement and involvement at U of I by evaluating 15 “dimensions” of managerial and organizational competencies. The survey includes 15 optional demographic questions at the end, followed by 10 customized U of I questions.

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of 2017, Modern Think upgraded their database and part of this update included a slight change to the way they calculate data for their reports so that they are (1) more consistent and (2) slightly more accurate. The update included changing their spreadsheets so that the whole numbers displayed are rounded versus truncated, as they were before. As a result, there might be slight differences in numbers from previous years’ data.

Reports

The Survey of Undergraduate Alumni was designed to study the alumni's perception of the quality of the U of I undergraduate degree programs and curricula. The content of the survey reflects the goals of enhancing undergraduate education, expanding the outreach service mission of the university and providing quality preparation in various potential outcomes of college study (i.e. leadership, creative thinking, communications, ethical principles and work habits). The survey assesses general education and the major, student satisfaction with departmental offerings and advising, preparation for advanced studies or employment and employment experiences.

Reports

The U of I Staff Survey was designed in response to a variety of comments and concerns expressed during the 1995 and 1996 President's Forums for Staff, and was first administered in 1996. The survey was intended to: help identify issues of concern across a broad spectrum of staff members; generate discussions to determine and meet the needs of staff; expand the university's insight into staff perceptions, attitudes and opinions in a variety of areas; and develop an information base to help the university set some goals and priorities for staff development. The survey includes questions on job satisfaction, working environment and conditions, organizational communications, and campus climate. The Staff Survey is administered online by IEA every three to four years.

Reports

The HERI Faculty Survey has been offered since 1989 by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. The survey covers topics including pedagogical practices, faculty goals and expectations for students, research and service activities, sources of stress and satisfaction and the connection between learning in the classroom and practices in the local and global community. The survey is web administered to all U of I faculty. The University of Idaho participated in every administration between 1989 and 2013, which was only offered every three years.

Reports

The U of I Freshman and Sophomore survey was designed in response to a variety of comments and concerns across campus regarding the need for more information about the issues which were prompting successful undergraduate students to leave. The focus is on the first two years as this is where the largest attrition occurs. It was designed around a literature review and a specific theoretical model of retention. The survey is intended to: help identify issues during the early college stage; generate discussions to determine and ways to better meet the needs of students; expand the university's insight into student perceptions, attitudes and opinions in a variety of areas; and develop an information base to help inform the university as it develops interventions. It was begun in the fall of 2018 as a pilot and refined in the spring of 2018. It is planned as a tool to be administered early each fall and spring semester.

Freshman Sophomore Satisfaction Survey Fall 2018-19
Freshman Sophomore Satisfaction Survey Spring 2018-19

Additional Surveys

Many offices and programs across campus administer surveys that offer information on the U of I experience. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation (IEA) administers various surveys and makes this data available on their website or through dashboards. IEA makes an effort not to duplicate surveys already administered elsewhere, to the same population. This list is updated annually to communicate survey data that might be available in addition to that data provided by IEA.

If you administer a survey or know of a survey that should be added to this list, please contact assessment@uidaho.edu.

Population

Education Abroad student participants

Frequency

Administered each semester

About the Survey

Education Abroad students receive the survey before and after their education abroad experience. Data is collected about the student’s program selection, preparation, global awareness (using cultural frames of reference), appreciation of other cultures and preparedness to interact and work with others from diverse backgrounds.

Data Availability

Contact Kate Wray Chettri, Director of Education Abroad, at kwraychettri@uidaho.edu.

Website for Survey Vendor

theoutcomessurvey.com

Population

Graduating seniors

Frequency

Three times a year

About the Survey

Graduates are surveyed for employment and graduate school information, using national demands and standards. Examples of information that may be collected from graduating students includes: first job or graduate school admissions, job search activities, satisfaction with first job, and motivation for pursing degree and/or occupation. The average response rate nationwide is 52%.

Data Availability

Requests for historical reports or additional information should be sent to John Mangiantini at johncm@uidaho.edu.

Population

Current residence hall students are invited to participate.

Frequency

Annually; Each November

About the Survey

This survey measures satisfaction (hall staff, room assignments & room change process, safety & security, facilities, roommates), as well as whether living in a residence hall has an impact on learning (personal interactions, sense of community, diverse interactions, etc.).

Data Availability

Requests for data or additional information should be sent to Deedee Kanikkeberg at deedeek@uidaho.edu.

Population

U of I students, faculty, and staff

Frequency

Annually; Each February

About the Survey

This online survey asks dining questions tailored to the respondent’s role (student or faculty/staff) and dining habits (resident dining and/or retail locations).

Data Availability

Requests for data or additional information should be sent to Michael Thomsen at Michael.Thomsen@sodexo.com.

Population

U of I graduate students, after graduation

Frequency

Twice a year

About the Survey

This survey asks recent graduates about their experience at U of I as a grad student.

Data Availability

Requests for data or additional information should be sent to Mikyla Wood at mikyla@uidaho.edu.

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