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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 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 assist with all aspects of
surveying: consulting and questionnaire design, sampling, administration
(Web- or paper-based), data collection and compilation, statistical analysis,
- Since 2011, we have been using
Qualtrics as our Web-based survey software. Qualtrics is a powerful and
sophisticated web survey system, for which CU-Boulder has a campus-wide
license. Several examples of the types of questions our
surveys have included, as well as a couple copies of
complete questionnaires: one designed under our previous system (Senior
Survey, 2008), and a more recent one designed with Qualtrics (Alumni Survey,
2011), are provided at the bottom of this page.
- If a survey client wishes to offer a financial incentive in order to
encourage people to respond to a particular survey, then the client will need
to pay for the incentive; Institutional Analysis is unable to pay for
financial incentives for custom surveys.
- We prefer to conduct Web-based surveys, but we will also conduct surveys
using paper questionnaires if the Web cannot be used for some reason. We
currently do not have the resources to conduct telephone 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. Individuals may use their CU IdentiKey username and password to
create and use a personal Qualtrics account. These accounts allow for
collaboration with other CU users. Just log on to
For further questions about access or requirements for using this system
under the CU license, please see:
http://oit.colorado.edu/licenses, or contact Bruce Fast, OIT Site
Licensing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
division of Student Affairs has a site license with Campus Labs (formerly
StudentVoice), which is another web survey design product available to units
within Student Affairs who are interested in evaluation and assessment of
their programs. Any Student Affairs' unit interested in using these 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.
Information on Emailing Students
- 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 e-memo page:
http://www.colorado.edu/ememo/ 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:
Contacting Recent CU 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. In May
of 2008 and thereafter, all graduating CU students were automatically signed up
for this service. Previous to this 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, at:
Because of the Email for Life program described above, currently email
information is available for most all recent CU-Boulder graduates.
Examples of Item Types and Complete Questionnaires