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Cycle of regularly scheduled surveys
(Updated January 2015)
Schedule modifications and addition of new surveys are described below.

By Survey and Calendar Year -- Projected until 2030

Survey

'10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 '25 '26 '27 '28 '29 '30
Admin Appraisal (AAP) Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall
Admissions^         Smr^ Smr Smr Smr Smr^ Smr Smr Smr Smr^ Smr Smr Smr Smr^ Smr Smr Smr Smr^
Alumni   Smr         Smr       Smr       Smr       Smr    
AAUDE Faculty*           Fall*       Fall       Fall       Fall      
AAUDE Doc Exit**         Spg** Spg,
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Graduate**         **       Spg       Spg       Spg       Spg
NSSE Spg Spg Spg Spg
Senior     Spg       Spg+     Spg       Spg       Spg      
Seniors' future plans (VSA) Spg Spg   Spg Spg Spg+   Spg Spg   Spg Spg Spg   Spg Spg Spg   Spg Spg Spg
Student Climate^^ Fall       Fall^^       Fall       Fall       Fall       Fall

+ Given survey time constraints, it was decided to postpone the large-scale Senior Survey scheduled for Spring 2015 until Spring 2016, and to administer the Senior Future Plans Survey again instead.
 * CU-Boulder will begin participating in the AAUDE Faculty Survey in fall 2015. That survey will be administered every fourth fall.
**CU-Boulder first administered the AAUDE Doctoral Exit Survey in spring 2014, as part of the every-four-year Graduate School Survey. This initial administration included most of the items from the AAUDE Doctoral Exit Survey plus many additional items chosen by the Graduate School for a more comprehensive assessment. In the future, the AAUDE Doctoral Exit survey (AAUDE items only) will be repeated in early spring, after the end of each fall semester, and include all doctoral students (excluding law) who received degrees in that year's summer or fall semesters, and in the summer, after the end of each spring semester, and include doctoral students who received degrees that spring. The AAUDE Doctoral Exit Survey will not be administered in the year that the All Graduate Student Survey is administered.
^ The Admissions survey was administered summer 2014 for the first time since 2009. Similar to the model of our Senior/Senior Future Plans surveys, the longer, more comprehensive Admissions survey will be repeated every 4th summer from 2014 onward, with an abbreviated version done in the interim summers.
^^Administration of the Student Social Climate Survey was postponed from fall 2013 to fall 2014 at the request of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.

New Four-Year Cycle, beginning Spring 2014 - By Academic Year and Term (excluding AAP) 
Academic Year* Summer Fall Spring
2013-2014     AAUDE Doc Exit/All Grad
2014-15 Admissions Climate AAUDE Doc Exit, VSA
2015-16 Admissions, AAUDE Doc Exit AAUDE Faculty AAUDE Doc Exit, Senior
2016-17 Admissions, AAUDE Doc Exit, Alumni   AAUDE Doc Exit, NSSE, VSA
2017-18 Admissions, AAUDE Doc Exit   All Grad, VSA
       
2018-19 Admissions Climate AAUDE Doc Exit, Senior
2019-20 Admissions, AAUDE Doc Exit, Alumni AAUDE Faculty AAUDE Doc Exit, VSA
2020-21 Admissions, AAUDE Doc Exit   AAUDE Doc Exit, NSSE, VSA
2021-22 Admissions, AAUDE Doc Exit   All Grad, VSA
       
2022-23 Admissions Climate AAUDE Doc Exit, Senior
2023-24 Admissions, AAUDE Doc Exit, Alumni AAUDE Faculty AAUDE Doc Exit, VSA
2024-25 Admissions, AAUDE Doc Exit   AAUDE Doc Exit, NSSE, VSA
2025-26 Admissions, AAUDE Doc Exit   All Grad, VSA
       
2026-27 Admissions Climate AAUDE Doc Exit, Senior
2027-28 Admissions, AAUDE Doc Exit, Alumni AAUDE Faculty AAUDE Doc Exit, VSA
2028-29 Admissions, AAUDE Doc Exit   AAUDE Doc Exit, NSSE, VSA
2029-30 Admissions, AAUDE Doc Exit   All Grad, VSA

*Academic Year = Summer through Spring

Rule for Four-Year Cycle of Surveys

Survey Rule
Administrator Appraisal (AAP) Every fall when there are administrators to be evaluated
Admissions Every summer, with a large-scale survey every 4th summer
Alumni Every 4th summer
AAUDE Faculty Every 4th fall, beginning fall 2015
AAUDE Doctoral Student Exit After every fall and After every spring, except when Graduate Survey is administered
Graduate Student Every 4th spring (was fall)
NSSE Every 4th spring
Senior Every 4th spring with maximum offset to NSSE
Seniors' Future Plans (VSA ) Every spring except when larger Senior Survey (which incorporates VSA questions) is administered
Student Social Climate Every 4th fall

See previous cycle of regularly scheduled surveys.

Last revision 01/20/15


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