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Surveys on general student and alumni experiences -- 1990's to present

Highlighted entries in this list denote regular, ongoing surveys shown in PBA's survey cycle. Beginning in 2000, most all of PBA's surveys were administered via the Web, except for the Alumni survey, which was administered on paper until 2007. We exclude from all surveys any students who have requested a privacy flag on their records.

For results of the 1990's and earlier surveys other than those mentioned below, please see the list of survey reports that are stored in the PBA Library and available on paper only. Please contact PBA at IR@colorado.edu to review a copy of any of these reports.

Admissions
2009
2006
2004 and 2005

Reports not posted (only in PBA library)
1997 Admitted Student Questionnaire Plus 1995 ASQ+
The Admissions survey was first administered in summer 2004. The 2004 and 2005 versions of the instrument were quite similar and designed to gather information from non-confirmed, admitted students about their impressions of CU-Boulder and their reasons for not attending. The 2006 and later surveys gather information from both non-confirmed and confirmed admitted students, and ask further questions about their alternative choice school. The survey is currently being administered on an every-three-year cycle. Results are provided to the Office of Admissions and other interested departments through a private enrollment management site (link located in the bottom left-hand frame of http://www.colorado.edu/pba/adm).
Alumni (three to five years out)
2011
2007
2003
The Alumni Survey and its sampling process was changed considerably in 2003 in order to provide program-level information for departments. This new version combines and replaces the Alumni Four-Year-Out and One-Year-Out surveys mentioned below. The population of alumni surveyed includes bachelor's, master's and doctoral students who received their degree three to five years earlier. The survey assesses satisfaction with the educational experience at CU-Boulder, after-graduation employment, and pursuit of further education. In both 2003 and 2007 it was administered to a sample of approximately 4,000 alumni for whom we had U.S. postal mailing addresses. In 2003, it was administered as a paper survey via U.S. mail, and in 2007 as an online survey (with a pre-postcard mailing announcement). In 2011, we surveyed the entire population of 12,080 alumni who had  available email addresses (approximately 96% of the population).
Alumni (four years out)
2001
1998


Reports not posted (only in PBA library):
1995
1993
1991
1989/90
The original Alumni survey was conducted in 1989/90 as a paper/mailed survey, and similar versions were administered in 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998 and 2001. The survey sample consisted of bachelor's degree recipients (between 400-800 alumni) who received their degrees four years earlier. These surveys provided only campus and college-level results, however. The survey assesses similar aspects of the alumni experience as mentioned above. Through 1995, results from the alumni surveys were combined with those from the senior surveys in reports to CCHE, as part of the institutional accountability process (PBA Library - Procite #2554).
Alumni (one year out)
1999, with comparisons to 1998
1998
Orginally a CCHE-required survey of undergraduate and graduate alumni, one year after graduation. The report assesses current employment, further education, and satisfaction with the students' degree program. The 1999 report compares results from the spring '99 survey to those from spring '98. Results are from students graduating summer '96-spring '97, and summer '97-spring '98. CCHE stopped requiring this survey after 1999.
Climate/Community
2010
2006
2001
1998
1994


Report not posted (only in PBA Library)
1990
Results are presented here from the 2001, 2006 and 2010 Campus Climate surveys and the 1994 and 1998 Building Community through Diversity surveys. Not shown are results for the 1990 Perspectives on Campus Diversity Survey (the initial "climate" survey, available on paper in a large bound report in the PBA library). All surveys assess students' levels of comfort and feelings of belonging at CU-Boulder, as well as experiences with racial stereotyping and suggested improvements to the CU environment. The survey has changed substantially over the years, as has the population. In addition to results for undergraduate students from the various racial/ethnic groups, results beginning in 2001 now also include findings from graduate students, students with disabilities, GLBT students and international students. In 2010 the survey was revised further to drop some questionnaire items and add sets of new items and to expand the small sample of students surveyed in previous years to the population of all degree-seeking students.
Freshmen
1996-97
This survey was developed by a group of faculty, staff, and students from our office, the Dean of Students' office, the Cultural Unity Center and the Psychology department. It was administered to a sample of entering freshmen in fall 1996 (to all entering freshmen of color and a sample of white entering freshmen). The spring, 1997 version of the questionnaire was sent to a subset of the fall sample: those who had completed the survey in the fall and those who had not. The spring version consists of about ½ of the items that were on the fall version. The survey was designed to assess academic and social abilities, attitudes, expectations, and experiences, and the likelihood of returning in the spring. The posted report provides a very brief summary of the findings.
Graduate students
2009
2005
2003
Originally designed and implemented by the Graduate School (see entry immediately below), this survey was changed considerably in 2003. The questionnaire items and population were refined and expanded to ensure that results are available for outcomes assessment at the program-level and to ensure that we have comparable data with other participating AAU public institutions, with whom we are sharing a core set of questionnaire items. The population now consists of degree-seeking doctoral- and master's-level students, except those in Law or MBA programs. The survey assesses many important aspects of graduate education, including academic quality, facilities and services, teaching and research experience, professional development, career counseling and job search preparation, advising, and quality of life. It is currently being administered on an every four-year cycle.
Graduate students
1997, 1998 and 1999
This survey was originally designed and implemented by the Graduate School as part of its reporting to the North Central Association (NCA) accreditation process and was administered on paper through individual departments. Both doctoral and master's students were surveyed. This decentralized process of administration did not allow for control of the population and sample, and thus our office began administering the survey online for the Graduate School in 2003. This earlier version addressed similar issues as the 2003 version, but was much shorter in content and length than the new one described above.
National Survey of Student Engagement
2009
2006
2002
2000
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) was first administered to freshmen and seniors in the springs of 2000 and 2002, and since spring 2006 is typically being administered on an every three-year cycle. The sample consists of 2000+ freshmen and 2000+ seniors, plus an oversample of approximately 500 seniors in order to provide program-level results for a large number of departments. The 2009 administration differed somewhat. It was essentially a census of all CU-Boulder freshmen and seniors. NSSE measures student engagement in many important activities that are positively related to learning and personal development. Results are shown for CU-Boulder students versus those at other participating AAU public institutions. CU-Boulder results are also shown by class level, college, and major program or department.
Seniors
2012
2008
2004
2001
1998











Reports not posted (only in PBA Library):
1995
1993

1992*

1990/91
1989/90

1985**
The Senior Survey was originally administered to a sample of all seniors. Beginning in 2008, it was administered to the population of all seniors. It was originally administered in-person through graduation check-out in the first two cycles (1989/90, 1990/91), and then was administered via U.S. mail from 1992*-1998. In 1998 respondents were invited to complete the survey via paper OR Web (16% did so via Web and 35% via paper at that time). Since 2001, the survey has been completely Web-based. After 1992, we included oversamples for the larger majors, and we continued to increase the proportion of the population sampled and number of majors that were oversampled until 2008, when we had sufficient network/server and Web resources to survey all seniors. The survey assesses satisfaction with seniors' overall college and educational experience and their after-graduation plans and activities. Results are shown for all students, by major, and by college; comparisons are made to prior years in all reports. Since 2004, the survey has been on an every four-year cycle.

*In 1992, a shortened pilot version of the questionnaire was used, with only about 10% of seniors sampled from the populations of four majors: Political Science, Communication, Kinesiology, and EPO-Biology. The data from 1992 are not comparable to those from other years.
**There is also a much earlier, different version of the Senior Survey, administered by our office in spring 1985 to a sample of seniors, which measured similar aspects of seniors' experiences, and included about 50 check-off items and 50 open-ended items.
Seniors' Future Plans
2011
2010
2009
Seniors' Future Plans was first administered in spring 2009 to the population of all graduating seniors, and henceforth will be administered every spring. This was originally a three-item survey about seniors' expected principal activity after graduation. Results from this survey will eventually be compared with those of other AAU publics and the data are also reported in the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) College Portrait. In 2010 we added an open-ended item to collect comments from graduating seniors on possible actionable suggestions they might have for things "CU-Boulder should (or should not) do" in the future to help improve the university experience for students like themselves.

In years that the full Senior Survey (noted in the row above) is administered, information on seniors' plans will be collected via that survey instead.
Undergraduate students
1999, with comparisons to 1997
1997
The Undergraduate Survey consists of the nationally normed Student Opinion Survey (SOS) and 31 locally-developed questions. The SOS was developed, scored, and normed by ACT, Inc. It is a comprehensive paper survey of undergraduates that was conducted in the springs of 1997 and 1999. Results are compared across years. The survey assesses satisfaction with various aspects of the college experience, how students spend their time and effort, why they are in college, why they chose to attend CU, possible hindrances to graduation, and an open-ended item on the university's "concern for you."
Undergraduate Advising Survey
Reports not posted (only in PBA library):

1989
1993
This survey was administered for the Council on Academic Advising, and included two parts: a paper survey of students (samples of sophomores and seniors, proportionally represented across colleges) and phone interviews with a small sample of faculty. The student surveys were administered in the springs of 1989 and 1993, and the faculty interviews were conducted the previous falls of these two years. The survey grew out of an initiative by the Council on Academic Advising, which originally surveyed students in 1988 as part of the 1988/89 North Central Association's (NCA) accreditation process. It assesses students' reasons for seeking advising, experiences with advising, and satisfaction with their academic progress towards graduation. The faculty interviews assess faculty members' own efforts in providing advising assistance to students.
Over-time comparisons are provided, as well as extensive analysis on an open-ended item that asked students to explain to a friend ("Dear CJ") why they would expect to graduate in either four or five years. Various time-to-graduation reports were produced as a result of these two surveys and this one survey item.

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