Recurring surveys

The following is a list of recurring surveys administered by Earlham College as part of ongoing institutional research and assessment. Click on the links to see reports from these various instruments:

Population MeasuredFrequency/
Year Given
Source of SurveyCampus Sponsor
Admitted StudentsAnnuallyCollege Board Admitted Students Questionnaire (ASQ)Admissions and Institutional Research
First-year StudentsAnnuallyCooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) SurveyStudent Development and Institutional Research
First-year Students2012, 2015 and 2018National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)Institutional Research
First-year Students2013Your First College Year (HERI)Institutional Research
Seniors2009, 2012 and 2015National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)Institutional Research
Seniors2012, 2015 and 2018Higher Education Data Sharing Senior Survey (HEDS)Institutional Research
Alumni – New Graduates2014 and 2016 and 2017First Destination SurveyCenter for Integrated Learning
Alumni
(5-6 years out)
2010 and 2012 and 2014Higher Education Data Sharing Alumni SurveyAlumni & Development and Institutional Research
Faculty2010 and 2014HERI Faculty SurveyProvost and Institutional Research
All Students2015National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE)Center for Integrated Learning

ADMITTED STUDENT SURVEYS

Currently, the only admitted student survey the College participates in is the Admitted Student Questionnaire (ASQ). Sponsored by The College Board, this survey is sent to all students who have been admitted to Earlham. The questionnaire is designed to find out what students really think of our programs, recruitment literature, financial aid packages, competition, and more. Students are asked to rate colleges on image (highly respected, expensive, diverse, etc.) and on characteristics (academic reputation, cost of attendance, quality of academic facilities, etc.). The College Board provides a detailed report of their findings.


FIRST-YEAR SURVEYS

Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey

Sponsored in part by Earlham Student Development, this CIRP survey is conducted annually during New Student Orientation.

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) “Your First College Year” Survey

This survey, which takes place at the end of a student’s first year, is helpful in assessing factors that are important to first-year student academic performance, adjustment, retention, and success. View the results from the 2013 survey.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) First-Year Survey

The annual NSSA survey collects data from first-year students at the end of their academic year, assessing the extent to which undergraduate students are involved in educational practices empirically linked to high levels of learning and development.

In an effort to make it easier for people on and off campus to talk productively about student engagement and its importance to student learning, collegiate quality, and institutional improvement, NSSE uses benchmarks of effective educational practice. Each year, NSSE calculates benchmark scores to monitor performance at the institutional, sector, and national level, comparing benchmarks to “peer institutions.” In 2009, these institutions were Carleton College, Centre College, Franklin and Marshall College, Kalamazoo College, Lafayette College, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Rhodes College and Scripps College.

NSSE Benchmarks 2001 – 2009 Trend


SENIOR SURVEYS

Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Senior Survey

The HEDS annual survey for seniors allows Earlham to collect data that highlights the various characteristics of our students as they are preparing to move beyond Earlham. It is conducted in the spring prior to graduation.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Senior Survey

The annual NSSA survey collects data from senior students at the end of their academic year, assessing the extent to which undergraduate students are involved in educational practices empirically linked to high levels of learning and development.

In an effort to make it easier for people on and off campus to talk productively about student engagement and its importance to student learning, collegiate quality, and institutional improvement, NSSE uses benchmarks of effective educational practice. Each year, NSSE calculates benchmark scores to monitor performance at the institutional, sector, and national level, comparing benchmarks to “peer institutions.” In 2009, these institutions were Carleton College, Centre College, Franklin and Marshall College, Kalamazoo College, Lafayette College, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Rhodes College and Scripps College.

NSSE Benchmarks 2001 – 2009 Trend


ALUMNI SURVEYS

First Destination Survey

This survey was conducted just before these seniors received their Bachelor’s award from Earlham. Data was also collected during the summer and fall months after graduation.

Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Alumni Survey

Sponsored by Institutional Research and Alumni Relations, this spring survey assesses data from two classes each year, with those classes being 5-6 years out from graduation. In addition to the surveys, in 2007 HEDS conducted interviews with the classes of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2002, which can be viewed here


FACULTY SURVEYS

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Faculty Survey

Faculty Surveys are administered every three years by the Higher Education Research Institute. Earlham participates in these surveys, which are conducted in the fall.