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Surveys Administered by the College

The following surveys represent those that are routinely administered by the College.  The results are used by individual departments and many are benchmarked with like institutions.  Participation in these surveys is entirely voluntary.

ASQ—Admitted Student Questionnaire

•    Who?  Students who have been admitted to the College, whether or not they have accepted the offer of admission. 
•    How administered?  Survey, by mail, with a follow-up to non-responders
•    When?  June, annually
This instrument, available from The College Board, asks questions regarding the importance of such characteristics as quality of faculty and overall academic reputation in students’ choice of college; which sources of information students consulted; the image students have of the institution; whether students’ plans were influenced by the availability of programs such as financial aid and athletics; which other institutions the student considered and how they compared to HC; demographic information and family income.  A highlight and summary report is available by November 1.

ACUHO-I/EBI Resident Satisfaction Survey


  • Who?  Students living on campus
  • How administered?  Through an on-line survey.
  • When?  April, every other year

The EBI measures such areas as student satisfaction in such areas as room assignments and the change process; dining services; safety and security; hall and/or apartment programming; room/floor environment; sense of community; satisfaction with residence life program and housing experience.  A report is available in July.



  • Who?  First-year students
  • How administered?  Online survey
  • When?  Prior to matriculation,  July-August in the year of entry.  The last follow-up survey is 45 days after students have been on campus.

This survey assesses students’ attitudes and beliefs; use of alcohol; perceptions of the consequences of high-risk use of alcohol; and the use of protective behaviors.  A report is available in February/March of the following semester.

CIRP—Cooperative Institutional Research Program


  • Who?  First-year students
  • How administered?  Paper survey, by cohort
  • When?  During new student orientation

Measures demographic characteristics of incoming students; expectations of the college experience; secondary school experiences; degree goals and career plans; college finances; attitudes, values and life goals; reasons for attending college.  A report is available in June/July.

CORE Alcohol and Drug Survey


  • Who?  All students, randomly sampled
  • How administered?   Paper and online versions available
  • When?  Spring, every other year

Measures patterns of alcohol and drug use; demographic data; secondary effects of substance use; attitudes and values; assessment of campus environment; housing preference; relation of substance use to patterns of sexual behavior.  A report is available in late spring in the year of administration.

CSS—College Student Survey


  • Who?  Seniors 
  • How administered?  Paper survey, by cohort
  • When?  May

This survey measures satisfaction with the college experience; student involvement; cognitive and affective development; student values, attitudes and goals; degree aspirations and career plans; Internet, electronic mail and other computer uses.  The report is available by September 15.

National College Health Assessment (NCHA-II)


  • Who?  All students
  • How administered?  Online
  • When?  Fall, every other year 

This survey measures alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; sexual health; weight, nutrition and exercise; mental health; personal safety and violence.  The report is available in the late fall in year of administration

NSSE—National Survey of Student Engagement


  • Who?  First year and senior students, by cohort
  • How administered?  Online
  • When?  Spring

This survey asks students about their participation in the programs and activities that contribute to their learning and personal development; level of academic challenge; active and collaborative learning experiences; student-faculty interaction; enriching educational experiences; and supportive campus environment questions.  A report is available in August.

Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education

(sponsored by the Center for Inquiry in the Liberal Arts, Wabash College)

  • Who/When?  First-year students in fall and spring (2009 only); seniors, spring 2012 only.
  • How administered?  Paper

Items survey three areas:  (1) Good Teaching and High Quality Interactions with Faculty, which includes the following subscales:  faculty interest in teaching and student development,  prompt feedback, quality of non-classroom interactions with faculty, teaching clarity and organization; (2) Academic Challenge and High Expectations, which includes the following subscales:  academic challenge and effort, frequency of higher-order exams and assignments, challenging classes and high faculty expectations, integrating ideas, information and experiences; and, (3) Diversity Experiences, which includes:  meaningful interactions with diverse peers.  A final report will be available at the conclusion of the study, 2012.