The Office of Institutional Research coordinates the College's participation in institutional survey research. Many of our surveys are conducted with the coordination of consortia (e.g. COFHE) on behalf of all member institutions. Consortia surveys allow us to learn a lot about the population being surveyed, and also to compare our findings with those at our peer institutions1.
Vendor or consortium-coordinated survey instruments often give us the option of adding a few questions of our own to the end of the survey. The final set of questions is determined by the Institutional Research Advisory Group, based on College needs and priorities. If you have suggestions for areas to include in our "local" questions for an upcoming survey, please email the IR office.
If you are in need of information from one of our regular surveys, please contact the IR office. Information that is on hand will be shared with requestors as appropriate2.
Please note that all the links listed below are restricted to members of the Swarthmore community only. The files are in .pdf format, which requires Adobe Reader.
|Name||Brief Description||Recent Administration|
|Alumni||Survey of Alumni at different periods out.||
Classes of 1979, 84, 89, and 94
|ASQ||Survey of All Admitted Students,
conducted in summer.
|Annually, since 1992.|
|CIRP||Survey of First Year Students during the
1st week of classes.
|Annually, since 1971.|
|CHAS||The Consortium on
and Success (CHAS)
Campus Climate Survey
Assesses the climate for diversity.
50% sample of first-years; all of
sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
|ESS||Enrolled Student Survey.
Similar to CSEQ, asks about
specific behaviors in
addition to evaluations.
All enrolled students
Spring 2003; Spring 2007; Spring 2011
|NCHA||National Collegiate Health Assessment
Asks about health and wellness.
Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
|NSSE||National Survey on Student Engagement
Asks about behaviors reflecting student
engagement in the learning process.
First-year students and seniors
|Parents Survey||Survey of parents of enrolled students||Parents of First-year students, sophomores,
and seniors in 1997.
Parents of all current students
Winter 2002; Winter 2007; Winter 2012
|Senior||Biennial survey of graduating seniors
conducted in their final spring semester.
|Classes of 1994, 96, 98, 00, 02, 04...|
Populations Surveyed - This table presents, by entering class, populations that have been surveyed, and which instruments have been used.
Faculty and Staff Surveys - Describes survey research with faculty or staff in the last few years.
1Information about other institutions collected through consortia such as COFHE or HEDS are subject to strict confidentiality agreements. They may be used internally for planning purposes only, and so their distribution is carefully restricted.
2Information that requires substantial additional programming or analyses may require the approval of the Institutional Research Advisory Group.