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2016 Student Experience Survey

The purpose of this survey is to capture student perceptions regarding the campus climate and institutional practices as experienced with faculty, staff, and peers. Through demographic measures, student perceptions, and the effects of their experiences, can be disaggregated by different social identities, including race, gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. The information from this survey will be used for strategic planning, benchmarking, program development and identifying areas for improvement.


The following survey should take approximately 25 minutes to complete. There is a completion bar at the bottom of each page to let you know where you are in the process. 

Your honest and candid feedback is an essential part of this process. For each statement in the survey, click on the response option that best describes your experience. At the top of each page you will find additional instructions for answering the questions on the page below.

Important: The final section of the survey includes a series of demographic questions. These questions (e.g. gender identity, age, race, etc.) will help us better understand the patterns and themes in the survey data. As the confidentiality of your responses is critical, your individual demographic data will not be reported. Group demographic data will only be reported when there are five or more respondents in a particular group. Although the demographic questions are optional, you are strongly encouraged to complete this information as it will help us better understand the results.

Below are the definitions of terms that appear in the survey. The terms that are defined appear in various statements throughout the survey.

Institution refers to the entire University.

Senior Leadership refers to the senior members of the institution (i.e. President, Vice Presidents, Deputy Provost, Associate Vice Presidents, Deans and those that report directly to the President.)

Faculty refers to all instructors except graduate teaching assistants.

Staff refers to non-faculty employees of the college.

Administration refers to the academic and administrative management of the university.

We go to great lengths to ensure the anonymity of survey responses.

First, we control all aspects of data collection, storage and reporting on our own servers.

Second, you will be able to access the survey through a link. No participant will be able to access another participant's data, since all of the collected information is password-protected and survey participants will not provide any identifiable information (e.g. name, email, or student id number).

Third, during the reporting process, we do not provide information in any way that would enable your answers to be traced back to a specific person -- even within small demographic groups. We require a threshold minimum of survey respondents in any particular demographic group before reporting results back. Students are reminded not to include self-identifying information in the open-ended comments.

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