ODA's Institutional Research has specialized in survey design, administration and reporting since the 1970's. Survey resources are provided below, but groups are encouraged to reach out if there are further questions.

  • ODA performs a variety of survey research for the CU Boulder campus. The principal goal in conducting surveys is to provide useful information for making decisions that affect the academic environment of the campus.
  • ODA conducts several cyclical surveys (e.g., Alumni, Student Social Climate, Senior, Graduate, National Survey of Student Engagement), and can provide custom survey research for campus offices and programs. ODA can consult on all aspects of surveying: questionnaire design, sampling, administration, data collection and compilation, statistical analysis and reporting.
  • 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. ODA is unable to pay for financial incentives for custom surveys.
  • Note: ODA doesn't take on individual students as clients, just academic departments and campus groups, such as student government.

  • 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 (OIT) provides information on 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.
    • Qualtrics offers extensive, free online training called XM Basecamp, which includes on-demand training and live training on survey design and how to use their product.
  • Student Affairs: Division of Student Affairs staff who are interested in conducting surveys for the evaluation and assessment of their programs should email Kim Kruchen.
  • The Testing and Assessment Center can scan and compile survey responses that have been collected on a standard scannable form. 

  • The university does not provide lists for individuals and organizations outside the university.
  • If you are a member of the University of Colorado Boulder community, the following resources are available to you:
    • 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 Strategic Relations page for details and guidelines for requesting various types of bulk emailing services.
    • Student Postal Mailing Lists: The office of Strategic Relations 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. See the Strategic Relations webpage regarding Student Mailing Lists.
  • Additional information is available by visiting Acquiring Email and Address Lists.
  • If you have any other questions regarding lists, please contact Erin Frazier with Strategic Relations and Communications .

  • Email for Life is a CU Boulder program in which graduating students automatically retain their registered colorado.edu e-mail addresses. Beginning in May 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 by emailing Report.Request@cufund.org. Due to the Email for Life program described above, email information is available for the great majority of recent CU Boulder graduates.