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Sampling Requests

This page documents the survey sampling assistance PBA provides to CU-Boulder departments, and also serves as a source of information on some of the campus surveys conducted outside of PBA. The list of surveys is organized in descending chronological order. The oldest entries are from fall 2008, when PBA first started tracking sampling assistance. Sub-directory references, for PBA staff use only, are shown in parentheses at the end of each listing. Most of the sample source code and details about samples are located under the subdirectory L:IR\consult\..., while a few of the newer, more recent survey samples are located  under the directory: L:\IR\survey\mgt\SamplingRequests\YY\..., and the SAS sample code is noted.

Student privacy. About 2% of degree-seeking students request a privacy block on their records. All samples drawn by PBA exclude students who have requested such a privacy block.

Offsetting of samples. In an effort to prevent students, faculty, and staff from receiving an excessive number of invitations to participate in surveys, PBA typically offsets the samples for surveys that will be administered close together in time. For example, the sample for Survey B might exclude all students who were randomly selected for Survey A's sample. Because this exclusion of students from Survey B's sample is a random process, the sample's representativeness is unaffected; it will still be representative of the population of all students. See the schedule of regularly-administered Campus surveys to review concurrent surveys by which the samples described below may have been offset.

Starting FY14 (Summer 2013-Spring 2014) , we will also request from Campus units, and record, the proposed open and close survey dates for which we send student and/or faculty and staff samples.

FY13
  • NCHA (National Collegiate Health Assn) survey, Spring 2013:  Sample consisted of 7,588 degree-seeking undergrads 18 and over. Excludes international students; includes all students of color, a random sample of 25% of white students, and was modified to account for the NSSE 2013 sample. *Note: in future will normally only provide half this many students for this sample, as was done in prior years (e.g., see FY11). Requested by Julie Volckens, Assessment Coordinator for Community Health at Wardenburg. (...\SamplingRequests\FY13\Volckens_NCHASurvey.sas)
  • College Campus Bicycle and Pedestrian Survey, Spring 2013:  Sample consisted of 2,000 graduate and undergrad CU-Boulder students, offset for NSSE sample freshmen and excluding all seniors (given the NSSE and Seniors' Future Plans concurrent surveys). Survey is being administered in tandem with Kent State and other universities looking to evaluate bicycle and pedestrian behaviors of students on college campuses. Requested by Richelle Reilly, CU-Boulder Campus Landscape Architect. (...\SamplingRequests\FY13\gen_sampbikeped13.sas )
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  • Library - LibQual+ survey, Spring 2013: As was done last time in Spring 2009, three groups were surveyed: 1) all faculty (full, associate, and assistant professors) and senior instructors and instructors; 2) a sample of 2,500 degree-seeking undergraduates 18 years and older; and 3) a sample of 1,500 degree-seeking graduate students. The undergrad student sample was offset with NSSE and NCHA survey samples. Request from Cheryl Koelling, Norlin Library. Next time she plans to see if they can start early enough to get their student and faculty email lists from Campus Communications.   (...\Library\Spg2013)
  • CUSG marijuana and 4/20 survey, Fall 2012: Request from Julie Volckens, Assessment Coordinator-Wardenburg and conducted under the supervision of Jim Davis-Rosenthal, Orientation director, Julie Volckens, and the CUSG program coordinator. Sample consisted of 2000 full-time degree-seeking undergrads between 18-23 years of age, with equal numbers in each class level. ( ...\SamplingRequests\FY13\SurveySelect20121030_DistractedDriving.sas)
  • Distracted Driving study, Fall 2012: Request from Julie Volckens, Assessment Coordinator of Community Health at Wardenburg. Sample consisted of 200 full-time, degree-seeking undergrads between 18-23 years of age, with equal numbers in each class level, and male students oversampled (60%). Needed for a grant project on distracted driving. CU was chosen as a test site for CDOT and students needed to be recruited for the study no later than Nov. 5th, 2012.  (...\SamplingRequests\FY13\SurveySelect20121030_DistractedDriving.sas)
  • Student Affairs Survey of Entering Students, Fall 2012:  Request from Gardiner Tucker, Assistant Dean of Students. Sample consisted of 2,000 first-year student names and email addresses. Purpose: to survey the incoming students regarding new student welcome activities. (...\STUAFFRS\Fall2012_NewStuWelcome_SurveySelect.sas)
FY12
  • Residence Life--Assessment Survey, Spring 2012Annual request from John Henderson, Assistant Director of Residence Life. The survey sample consisted of 2,000 students living in all the residence halls, except Bear Creek, and excluded other students being surveyed by us this spring semester. (...\STUAFFRS\EBI_reslife\EBI_reslifeSamp2012.sas)
  • Williams Village food service survey Spring 2012: Special request from John Henderson, Assistant Director of Residence Life--regarding drawing a sample of students who may have used the 2.1.3 Darley Commons Cafe. Sample consisted of 500 Williams Village residence hall students, with proportional representation over residence hall, major, class level, gender and race/ethnicity. (...\STUAFFRS\EBI_reslife\EBI_WmsVillCafeSamp2012.sas)
  • Wardenburg Alcohol Survey, Fall 2011: Request from Julie Volckens, Assessment Coordinator of Community Health. Sample consisted of 6,000 full-time, degree-seeking undergrads, aged 18 to 23 years; oversampled for males (60%).  No offsetting done for this sample: no major PBA student surveys happening that fall.  (...\SamplingRequests\FY12\SurveySelect_Wardenburg2117.sas)

FY11

  • National College Health Assessment Survey, Spring 2011: Sample consisted of 3,600 degree-seeking undergrads, 18 and over. Requested by Community Health at Wardenburg Health Center.  No offsetting was done for this sample as was done in Spring 2009.(...\WARDENBURG\Healthsrvy\Spr2011)
  • Residence Life--Assessment Survey, Spring 2011Request from John Henderson, Assistant Director of Residence Life. The survey sample consisted of 2,000 students living in all the residence halls except Bear Creek, excluding other students being surveyed by us this spring semester. (...\STUAFFRS\BI_reslife)
  • Campus Transportation Study, Fall 2010Fourth and last quarterly fall survey sample of 4,200  students, and 1,879 faculty and staff, which was used to evaluate the effectiveness of the EcoPass program. Previous samples were drawn in winter, spring and summer. The Contact is David Cook, Parking and Transportation Services. (...\STUAFFRS\Parking&Transportation)
  • Recreation Center Survey, Fall 2010 Third Recreation Center Survey of 10,000 degree-seeking students, both undergraduate- and graduate-level, to continue evaluating feasibility of expanding and renovating recreation facilities. Contact is Cheryl Kent. (...\rec_center)
FY10
  • SEMS (Student Emergency Medical Services) Survey, Spring 2010Survey of 4,000 degree-seeking undergraduates, age 17 or older, to gather their opinions on the presentation of SEMS information at orientation. Contact is Adam Beaver, Housing and Dining Services. (...\STUAFFRS\SEMS)
  • Residence Life--Assessment Survey, Spring 2010Request from John Henderson, Assistant Director of Residence Life. The survey sample consisted of 2,000 students living in all the residence halls except Bear Creek in Spring 2010, and excluding those students already surveyed in the fall 2009 Post-First-Six-Weeks Survey (see below) and excluding other students being surveyed by us this spring semester. (...\STUAFFRS\EBI_reslife)
  • Study Abroad Survey, Spring 2010:  Survey of 4,000 degree-seeking undergraduates, with oversampling of racial/ethnic minority groups, to gather their opinions and determine their awareness of the Study Abroad Program. Contact is Cindy Kraft. (...\ACAFF\StudyAbroad)
  • Recreation Center Survey, Spring 2010 Survey of 6,000 degree-seeking students, both undergraduate- and graduate-level, to evaluate feasibility of expanding and renovating recreation facilities. Contact is Cheryl Kent. (...\rec_center)
  • Campus Transportation Study, Spring 2010 PBA helped to develop the sampling design for this quarterly survey of students, faculty, and staff, which is used to evaluate the effectiveness of the EcoPass program. Contact is David Cook, Parking and Transportation Services. (...\STUAFFRS\Parking&Transportation)
  • Residence Life--Post-First Six Weeks Survey, Fall 2009Request received in September from John Henderson, Assistant Director of Residence Life. The survey was administered six weeks into the fall semester. Sample consisted of 2,000 new degree-seeking freshmen. (...\STUAFFRS\Post-FirstSixWeeksSurvey)
FY09
  • National College Health Assessment Survey, Spring 2009 Sample consisted of 3,600 degree-seeking undergrads, 18 and over. Requested by Community Health at Wardenburg Health Center. Offsetting was done to exclude already sampled undergrads for the NSSE and Library Quality spring surveys. (...\WARDENBURG\Healthsrvy\Spr2009) 
    **see code NCHA_samp09.sas--for a great example of offsetting.
  • Library Quality Survey, Spring 2009:  Three groups were surveyed: 1) all faculty (full, associate, and assistant professors) and senior instructors and instructors; 2) a sample of 2,500 degree-seeking undergraduates; and 3) a sample of 1,500 degree-seeking graduate students. Delivered 2/20/09. Contact is Cheryl Koelling, Norlin Library. (...\Library\Surv09)
  • Colorado Learning Analysis Study (CLAS) Survey, Fall 2008Two samples, each consisting of about 400 full-time, degree-seeking undergrad students, age 18 or older. The second sample excluded students with non-colorado.edu emails. The survey was sponsored by ATLAS and the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program (results posted on their site).  The samples were delivered separately, the first on 9/17/08 and the second on 10/10/08.  No offsetting done for CLAS sample #1, but for the 2nd CLAS sample, students in CLAS 1 and in teh CBS Uwire samples were excluded. Contact is Sarah Hug, a research associate with ATLAS. (...\FTEP\CLAS08)
  • Presidential Opinion Poll for CBS/UWire and the Chronicle of Higher Ed, Fall 2008: Sample consisted of 3,000 undergraduate students, both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking. Delivered 9/17/08. Contact is Sandra Fish in Journalism. (...\consult\CBS_UWire)
  • Wardenburg's Web Resources Survey, Fall 2008Sample consisted of 1,000, both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking, undergraduate and graduate students. Delivered 11/13/08. Contact is Robin Kolble. (...\WARDENBURG\WebResources)
  • Leadership Survey, Fall 2008Sample consisted of 4,000 degree-seeking undergrads, both part- and full-time. Contact is John Henderson. Delivered 12/29/08. The sample was offset with the above UWire and CLAS survey samples and NSSE 09 sample. (...\STUAFFRS\Leadership)

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