Published: May 11, 2020

CU Boulder will be participating in a COVID-19 student experience survey in collaboration with eight other Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) institutions to better understand how undergraduate and graduate students have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic.

All undergraduate, graduate and law students enrolled during the spring 2020 semester will be asked to take the survey, which opens on May 18 and closes on June 5. Data will be analyzed and shared during the summer with university leadership. Benchmarked results with other participating SERU universities will be available in late September.

“We sincerely want to hear how our students fared during this very disruptive time,” said Provost Russ Moore. “When they take the survey, we strongly urge them to be as thoughtful and as reflective as they possibly can.”

CU Boulder’s survey sponsors are Dean of the Graduate School Scott Adler, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Akirah Bradley, and Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Beth Myers. 

In addition to CU Boulder, the eight other peer institutions participating in the survey are the University of Delaware, University of Virginia, University of Connecticut, University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University and University of Texas.

The data from the participating peer institutions will help the university understand how the CU student experience aligns with or departs from the student experience at these institutions.

“This comparison data will inform our understanding of patterns of student experience and common barriers that COVID-19 may have presented to students’ future plans, as well,” Moore said.

Data from this survey will also help the university to refine and improve CU Boulder’s response to the pandemic moving ahead, plan for future pandemics, and provide a greater understanding of student needs in a prolonged crisis such as a pandemic. It will also be used to provide additional support to students identified as being most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the SERU COVID-19 Student Experience Survey is launched on May 18, the survey link will be distributed in the CUBT student and graduate student editions, and on the university’s social media platforms.

This survey will be administered through the CU Boulder’s Office of Data Analytics (ODA). Email questions regarding SERU survey to the ODA survey team at