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Resources for Conducting Surveys
- Our office performs a variety of survey research for the CU-Boulder
campus. Our principal goal in conducting surveys is to provide useful
information for making decisions that affect the academic environment of the
- Institutional Analysis conducts several cyclical surveys (e.g., Alumni,
Student Social Climate, Senior, Graduate, National Survey of Student Engagement),
and we provide custom survey research for campus offices and programs. We
don't take on individual students as clients, just academic departments and
campus groups, such as student government. We can consult on all aspects of
surveying: questionnaire design, sampling, administration, data collection and compilation, statistical analysis,
- Since 2011 we have been using
Qualtrics as our Web-based survey software. Several examples of the types of questions our
surveys have included, as well as examples of
complete questionnaires are provided at the bottom of this page.
- If a survey client wishes to offer a financial incentive to
encourage people to respond to a survey, the client will need
to pay for the incentive. Institutional Analysis is unable to pay for
financial incentives for custom surveys.
- See also
Other Web-based Surveying Options
Qualtrics: CU-Boulder has a
campus-wide license with Qualtrics, a powerful survey
administrative/design system, for use by all CU-Boulder faculty, staff, and
students. The Office of Information Technology provides
accessing and using this survey tool. Individuals use their CU IdentiKey
username and password to create and use a personal Qualtrics account. These
accounts allow for collaboration with other CU users.
division of Student Affairs has a site license with Campus Labs (formerly
StudentVoice), a web survey product available to units within Student Affairs
who are interested in evaluation and assessment of their programs. Any
Student Affairs unit interested in using this should
first contact Jim Davis Rosenthal at
an account. Departments outside Student Affairs may be able to use this
resource in partnership with a Student Affairs unit.
- The Testing and
Assessment Center (formerly Scanning Services) can scan and compile
survey responses that have been collected on a standard scannable form.
Survey Guidelines and Tips
Creating a good survey that meets research goals is a nontrivial undertaking.
See our survey
guidelines and tips document to help you with the planning,
development, and execution of a survey.
Information on Emailing CU-Boulder Students, Faculty, and Staff
Bulk Emails, such as Buff Bulletins, E-memos, etc.:
The campus has specific rules that university
faculty, staff, and students must adhere to when sending out
mass emails to students. Please see the
Communications page for details and guidelines for
requesting various types of bulk emailing services.
- Student Postal Mailing Lists: The office of University Communications provides
guidelines, specifications, and request forms for
campus-affiliated groups and individuals to request student
mailing lists for sending materials via the U.S. Postal Service or
Campus Mail at:
- Please see
for more information.
Contacting Recent CU-Boulder graduates
- Email for Life
is a CU-Boulder program in which graduating students automatically retain
their registered colorado.edu e-mail addresses accessible through CULink.
Beginning in May
of 2008, all graduating CU-Boulder students were automatically signed up
for this service. Previous to that date, graduating students had to specifically
request to be enrolled in Email for Life. Those who had not elected to
participate in this program prior to May, 2008, are now eligible to enroll.
There is no cost for this service.
- Requesting Emails and Mailing Addresses for Alumni: The CU
Foundation maintains the database of all CU-Boulder alumni contact
information. To request emails and/or U.S. postal service mailing addresses
from the CU Foundation, you must contact them to receive a request form:
Due to the Email for Life program described above, email
information is available for the great majority of recent CU-Boulder graduates.
Examples of Item Types and Complete Questionnaires
Item types CAUTION: Developed before
Qualtrics (in DAP system)