Recent, Current, and Upcoming Surveys

Current and Upcoming

Survey: Admitted Student Questionnaire

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Admissions Office
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Collegeboard.org
Type: Combination of Web- and Mailed paper survey
Timing: Summer, 2014
Population: All students admitted for the upcoming Fall
Description: This is a survey of all admitted students, whether they chose to enroll or not, that asks about their impressions of the College, where the student enrolled, and what factors may have influenced their decision to enroll at their chosen college.
Contact: Admissions Office and Institutional Research.

Survey: Survey of New Students

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietr: COFHE
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: August-September, 2014 Population: Entering students
Description: This survey, also conducted by several dozen peer institutions, asks about students' expectations and plans.
Contact: Institutional Research

Survey: Swarthmore College Reunion Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietr: Internally developed
Type: Both Web and Paper versions of survey are available
Timing: September, 2014
Population: Alumni from Class of 20132, and Classes ending in -5 and -0.
Description: This survey is sent in preparation for class reunions. It asks alumni to update their contact and biographical information. It also solicits memories and opinions about Swarthmore as well as volunteer interests.

Survey: Orientation Assessment

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Dean's Office
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web
Timing: Late September, 2014
Population: New first-year and transfer students
Description: This is a very short survey designed to solicit feedback about orientation. The Dean's office will use the information to improve their programming.
Contact: Dean's Office and Institutional Research

Survey: Sloan-Entering Student Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Developed by participants in study
Type: Web
Timing: November-December 2014
Population: First-year students
Description: The survey asks about experiences with different fields of study, and considerations for selecting a major.
Contact: Sponsor: Lynne Molter (Primary Investigator for Sloan grant-funded study)

Survey: Various alumni surveys of majors and minors

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web
Timing: Fall 2014 — early Spring 2015
Populations: Alumni with majors or minors from the following departments and programs may be surveyed: Religion, Latin American Studies (Educational Studies surveyed in summer). Also, some survey current student majors and minors.
Description: Departments and programs undergoing reviews are collecting feedback and information about outcomes from alumni and (for some) students. Institutional Research may support these efforts by customizing and fielding surveys, as needed.
Contact: Institutional Research; appropriate department chairs or program directors.

Survey: Alumni Engagement

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: eAdvancement
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: 2014-15 (tbd)
Population: Random sample of alumni from all classes
Description: This survey updates previous work, collecting information that reflects the level of engagement by alumni with the College.
Contact: Alumni Relations

Recent (last academic year)

Survey: Senior Exit Inventory

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Career Services, Alumni Relations, News and Information, and other offices
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Online survey, accessed from MySwarthmore.
Timing: May 2014
Population: Graduating Seniors
Description: This survey consolidates questions from a number of offices on campus which require information from graduating seniors. Though a few opinions are asked, it is more an inventory of activities while here, contact information following graduation, immediate post-graduation plans, etc. The information is used by the sponsoring offices to better serve seniors as well as all future students. The contact information and volunteer interest provide ffuture alumni connections for graduates.
Contact: Nancy Burkett, Career Services

Survey: Senior Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: COFHE
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: March-April, 2014
Population: Graduating seniors
Description: This survey, also conducted by several dozen peer institutions, asks about students' activities, experiences, and evaluations of the college.
Contact: Institutional Research

Survey: Ithaka S+R Local Student Survey

Sponsor: Library
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: COFHE
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: March-April, 2014
Population: First-year, Sophomores, and Juniors
Description: This survey will examine the attitudes and practices of students in regard to their research and learning practices, in order to help institutions understand and track trends related to students’ use of, expectations regarding, and needs for research and learning support services, with a focus on the academic library.
Contact: Library

Survey: 2013-14 HERI Faculty Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: March-April 2014
Population: All teaching faculty
Description: This is a national survey that asks about a range of topics, including faculty members' workload, stress, and views on institutional priorities.
Contacts: Provost's Office; Institutional Research

Survey: 2014 Public Safety Survey

Sponsor: Public Safety
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: March, 2014
Population: Faculty, Staff, and Students
Description: This survey asks for perceptions and opinions about safety on campus, as well as views on Public Safety initiatives.
Contact: Director of Public Safety

Survey: 2014 Staff/Faculty Transportation Inventory

Sponsor: Office of Sustainability
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: March, 2014
Population: Faculty and Staff
Description: This inventory collects information regarding commuting and travel activities in 2013.
Contact: Director of Sustainability

Survey: StudentWatch (Bookstore)

Sponsor: Bookstore
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: National Association of College Stores
Type: Web-based survey (single link open invitation)
Timing: February-March 2014
Population: All students
Description: This is a national semiannual survey that asks about students’ buying habits of course materials, including rentals usage of electronic devices, satisfaction with bookstore and related services.
Contact: Bookstore

Survey: Video Content/ Captioning Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: February-March 2014
Population: Faculty; Staff who provide video content.
Description: This collection attempts to understand the extent of the use of video to deliver instructional content, the degree of accessibility of that content, and the need for support in creating accessible content.
Contact: Disability Services and Facilities Management (ADA Manager)

Survey: Dependent Care Survey

Sponsor: Human Resources and Student Labor Action Project (SLAP)
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: February 2014
Population: Faculty and Staff
Description: This survey explores needs and attitudes about child and adult dependent care benefits.
Contact: Human Resources; SLAP

Survey: Various alumni surveys of majors and minors

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web
Timing: Fall 2013 — early Spring 2014
Populations: Alumni with majors or minors from the following departments and programs may be surveyed: Political Science, Music, Physics and Astronomy, Interpretation Theory. Also, some survey current student majors and minors.
Description: Departments and programs undergoing reviews are collecting feedback and information about outcomes from alumni and (for some) students. Institutional Research may support these efforts by customizing and fielding surveys, as needed.
Contact: Institutional Research; appropriate department chairs or program directors.

Survey: Sloan-Entering Student Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Developed by participants in study
Type: Web
Timing: Nov-Dec 2013
Population: First-year students
Description: The survey asks about experiences with different fields of study, and considerations for selecting a major.
Contact: Sponsor: Lynne Molter (Primary Investigator for Sloan grant-funded study)

Survey: National College Health Assessment

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: American College Health Association
Type: Web-based
Timing: Oct-Nov 2013
Population: All sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Description: This survey asks about health-related behaviors, experiences, and attitudes.
Contact: Dean's Office and Institutional Research

Survey: College Stores Survey

Sponsor: National Association of College Stores (NACS) and Swarthmore College Bookstore
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: NACS' Student Watch
Type: Web
Timing: October 2013
Population: All students
Description: The survey asks about shopping attitudes and habits, as they relate to the College Bookstore.
Contact: Kathleen Grace, Bookstore.

Survey: Swarthmore College Reunion Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietr: Internally developed
Type: Both Web and Paper versions of survey are available
Timing: September, 2013
Population: Alumni from Class of 2012, and Classes ending in -4 and -9.
Description: This survey is sent in preparation for class reunions. It asks alumni to update their contact and biographical information. It also solicits memories and opinions about Swarthmore as well as volunteer interests.

Survey: CIRP Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute
Type: Web
Timing: Summer, 2013
Population: All new first-year students
Description: This is a general survey which asks about demographic characteristics; expectations of the college experience; secondary school experiences; degree goals and career plans; college finances; attitudes, values, and life goals; and reasons for attending college.
Contact: Dean's Office and Institutional Research

Survey: Admitted Student Questionnaire

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Admissions Office
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Collegeboard.org
Type: Combination of Web- and Mailed paper survey
Timing: Summer, 2013
Population: All students admitted for the upcoming Fall
Description: This is a survey of all admitted students, whether they chose to enroll or not, that asks about their impressions of the College, where the student enrolled, and what factors may have influenced their decision to enroll at their chosen college.
Contact: Admissions Office and Institutional Research.

Past (previous academic years)

Survey: Senior Exit Inventory

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Career Services, Alumni Relations, News and Information, and other offices
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Online survey, accessed from MySwarthmore.
Timing: May-June, 2013
Population: Graduating Seniors
Description: This survey consolidates questions from a number of offices on campus which require information from graduating seniors. Though a few opinions are asked, it is more an inventory of activities while here, contact information following graduation, immediate post-graduation plans, etc. The information is used by the sponsoring offices to better serve seniors as well as all future students. The contact information and volunteer interest provide ffuture alumni connections for graduates.
Contact: Nancy Burkett, Career Services

Survey: Advice for Incoming Students

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Deans Office
Vendor: Developed internally
Type: Web-based.
Timing: May-June 2013
Population: Rising sophomore class.
Description: Survey asks respondents to give 'advice' to the new incoming students about living in dorms, getting along with roommates, and general residential life experiences.
Contact: Rachel Head, Residential Live

Survey: Campus Communications Plan Quantitative Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Communications Office
Vendor: Maguire Associates
Type: Web-based, issued through an email invitation
Timing: February — March 2013
Population: alumni, parents, current students, prospective students, faculty, and staff.
Description: A web-based survey of Swarthmore College constituents in service to the College's Campus Communications Planning efforts.
Contacts: On-campus — Nancy Nicely, Stacey Kutish, Kathleen Withington; Maguire Associates — Joel Seligman (jseligman@maguireassoc.com)

Survey: Sophomore Plan Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Deans Office
Vendor: Developed internally
Type: Web-based.
Timing: March-April 2013
Population: Sophomore class.
Description: Survey asks respondents about what was helpful during the sophomore plan experience, and what suggestions sophomores may have for making improvements to the process.
Contact: Alina Wong, Dean of the Sophomore Class & Director of the Intercultural Center

Survey: COFHE Alumni Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: COFHE
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: March — April, 2013
Population: Classes of 1994, 1998, 2002, 2008, and 2012
Description: This survey, also conducted by several dozen peer institutions, asks about outcomes (advanced education, jobs and careers, civic contributions) and feedback concerning satisfaction, learning gains, and engagement with the College.
Contact: Institutional Research

Survey: Enrolled Student Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: COFHE
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: April, 2013
Population: All current students
Description: This survey, also conducted by several dozen peer institutions, asks about students' activities, interactions with other students and with faculty, use of institutional resources, and factors that relate to student engagement in their educational experiences.
Contact: Institutional Research

Survey: Various alumni surveys of majors and minors

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web
Timing: Fall 2012 — early Spring 2013
Populations: Alumni with majors or minors from the following departments: Art, Asian Studies, English Literature, Mathematics and Statistics. Also, some surveyed current student majors and minors, and a small sample of non-minors with course experience.
Description: Departments and programs undergoing reviews are collecting feedback and information about outcomes from alumni and (for some) students. Institutional Research supports these efforts by customizing and fielding surveys, as needed.
Contact: Institutional Research; appropriate department chairs or program directors.

Survey: RA Evaluation

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Dean's Office
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed.
Type: Web
Timing: November-December 2012
Population: All residential students
Description: The survey asks about for feedback about Resident Assistants, and about residence hall life.
Contact: Rachel Head, Dean's Office.

Survey: Sloan-Entering Student Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Developed by participants in study
Type: Web
Timing: November-December 2012 (approx.)
Population: First-year students
Description: The survey asks about experiences with different fields of study, and considerations for selecting a major.
Contact: Sponsor: Lynne Molter (Primary Investigator for Sloan grant-funded study)

Survey: College Stores Survey

Sponsor: National Association of College Stores (NACS) and Swarthmore College Bookstore
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: NACS' Student Watch
Type: Web
Timing: October 2012
Population: All students
Description: The survey asks about shopping attitudes and habits, as they relate to the College Bookstore.
Contact: Kathleen Grace, Bookstore.

Survey: Swarthmore College Reunion Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietr: Internally developed
Type: Both Web and Paper versions of this survey are available
Timing: September, 2012
Population: Alumni from Class of 2011, and Classes ending in -3 and -8.
Description: This survey is sent in preparation for class reunions. It asks alumni to update their contact and biographical information. It also solicits memories and opinions about Swarthmore as well as volunteer interests.

Survey: Survey of New Students

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietr: COFHE
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: August-September, 2012 Population: Entering students
Description: This survey, also conducted by several dozen peer institutions, asks about students' expectations and plans.
Contact: Institutional Research

Survey: Admitted Student Questionnaire

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Admissions Office
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Collegeboard.org
Type: Combination of Web- and Mailed paper survey
Timing: Summer, 2012
Population: All students admitted for the upcoming Fall
Description: This is a survey of all admitted students, whether they chose to enroll or not, that asks about their impressions of the College, where the student enrolled, and what factors may have influenced their decision to enroll at their chosen college.
Contact: Admissions Office and Institutional Research.

Survey: Senior Exit Inventory

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Career Services, Alumni Relations, News and Information, and other offices
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Online survey, accessed from MySwarthmore.
Timing: May-June, 2012
Population: Graduating Seniors
Description: This survey consolidates questions from a number of offices on campus which require information from graduating seniors. Though a few opinions are asked, it is more an inventory of activities while here, contact information following graduation, immediate post-graduation plans, etc. The information is used by the sponsoring offices to better serve seniors as well as all future students. The contact information and volunteer interest provide ffuture alumni connections for graduates.
Contact: Nancy Burkett, Career Services

Survey: Senior Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: COFHE
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: March, 2012
Population: Graduating seniors
Description: This survey, also conducted by several dozen peer institutions, asks about students' activities, experiences, and evaluations of the college.
Contact: Institutional Research

Survey: LibQual Lite

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Association of Research Libraries
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: Spring, 2012
Population: Faculty, Students, and Staff
Description: This short survey asks for evaluations of a range of library services.
Contact: Library

Survey: Various alumni surveys of majors and minors

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web
Timing: Fall 2011 — early Spring 2012
Populations: Alumni with majors or minors from the following departments: Classics.
Description: Departments and programs undergoing reviews are collecting feedback and information about outcomes from alumni and (for some) students. Institutional Research supports these efforts by customizing and fielding surveys, as needed.
Contact: Institutional Research; appropriate department chairs or program directors.

Survey: Evaluations of the Honors Program

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web
Timing: October 2011
Populations: Class of 2011; Current Faculty
Description: The Honors program is collecting feedback for its external review, which is taking place this year.
Contact: Craig Williamson, Honors Coordinator; Institutional Research

Survey: Sloan-Entering Student Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Developed by participants in study
Type: Web
Timing: November-December 2011
Population: First-year students
Description: The survey asks about experiences with different fields of study, and considerations for selecting a major.
Contact: Sponsor: Lynne Molter (Primary Investigator for Sloan grant-funded study)

Survey: Orientation Assessment

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Dean's Office
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web
Timing: September-October 2011
Population: New first-year and transfer students
Description: This is a very short survey designed to solicit feedback about orientation. The Dean's office will use the information to improve their programming.
Contact: Dean's Office and Institutional Research

Survey: Research Practices Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: HEDS
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: August-September, 2011
Population: All new first-year students
Description: This survey, also conducted by a number of peer institutions, asks about students' experiences, dispositions, and proficiencies in conducting college-level academic research.
Contact: Library, Institutional Research

Survey: CIRP Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute
Type: Web
Timing: Summer, 2011
Population: All new first-year students
Description: This is a general survey which asks about demographic characteristics; expectations of the college experience; secondary school experiences; degree goals and career plans; college finances; attitudes, values, and life goals; and reasons for attending college.
Contact: Dean's Office and Institutional Research

Survey: Admitted Student Questionnaire

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Admissions Office
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Collegeboard.org
Type: Combination of Web- and mailed paper surveys
Timing: Summer, 2011
Population: All students admitted for the upcoming Fall
Description: This is a survey of all admitted students, whether they chose to enroll or not, that asks about their impressions of the College, where the student enrolled, and what factors may have influenced their decision to enroll at their chosen college.
Contact: Admissions Office and Institutional Research.

Survey: Senior Exit Inventory

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Career Services, Alumni Relations, News and Information, and other offices
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Online survey, accessed from MySwarthmore.
Timing: May-June, 2011
Population: Graduating Seniors
Description: This survey consolidates questions from a number of offices on campus which require information from graduating seniors. Though a few opinions are asked, it is more an inventory of activities while here, contact information following graduation, immediate post-graduation plans, etc. The information is used by the sponsoring offices to better serve seniors as well as all future students.
Contact: Nancy Burkett, Career Services

Survey: Federal Government Career Interest Survey

Sponsor: Career Services
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Online survey
Timing: May 1, 2010 and May 1, 2011
Population: Classes of 2011 and 2013
Description: Swarthmore recently was awarded an Innovation Grant to help build a federal service campaign designed to educate students about careers in government. We would like to examine students' current interest and knowledge base of working for the federal government. We would like to conduct this survey once again at the end of next academic year to see if our outreach campaign was successful in increasing interest and knowledge of government careers. This survey will be no longer than 10 questions.
Contact: Marissa Deitch, mdeitch1@swarthmore.edu

Survey: Faculty Survey of Student Research Support

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: April-May, 2011
Population: All teaching faculty
Description: This survey collects information not available elsewhere about faculty supervision of student research activities, and views about student research. It was developed by the Pedagogy Subgroup of the Knowledge Planning Working Group.
Contact: Stephen O'Connell; Institutional Research

Survey: Technology Survey of Faculty

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: April, 2011
Population: All teaching faculty
Description: This survey was designed to improve our understanding of faculty use of technologies, and satisfaction with IT services and facilities.
Contact: Information Technology Services; Institutional Research

Survey: Enrolled Student Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: COFHE
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: March-April, 2011
Population: All current students
Description: This survey, also conducted by several dozen peer institutions, asks about students' activities, interactions with other students and with faculty, use of institutional resources, and factors that relate to student engagement in their educational experiences.
Contact: Institutional Research

Survey: 2010-11 HERI Faculty Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: March-April, 2011
Population: All teaching faculty
Description: This is a national survey that asks about a range of topics, including faculty members' workload, stress, and views on institutional priorities.
Contact: Institutional Research

Survey: Various alumni surveys of majors and minors

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web
Timing: Fall 2010 — early Spring 2011
Populations: Alumni with majors or minors from the following departments: Biology; Economics; History; Peace and Conflict Studies; Physical Education and Athletics; Public Policy. Also, some surveyed current student majors and minors, and a small sample of non-minors with course experience.
Description: Departments and programs undergoing reviews are collecting feedback and information about outcomes from alumni and (for some) students. Institutional Research supports these efforts by customizing and fielding surveys, as needed.
Contact: Institutional Research; appropriate department chairs or program directors.

Survey: Evaluations of the Honors Program

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web
Timing: October 2010
Populations: Class of 2010; Current Faculty
Description: The Honors program is collecting feedback for its external review, which is taking place over the next two years.
Contact: Craig Williamson, Honors Coordinator; Institutional Research

Survey: Orientation Assessment

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Dean's Office
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web
Timing: Late September, 2010
Population: New first-year and transfer students
Description: This is a very short survey designed to solicit feedback about orientation. The Dean's office will use the information to improve their programming.
Contact: Dean's Office and Institutional Research

Survey: CIRP Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute
Type: Web
Timing: Late summer and early fall, 2010
Population: All new first-year students
Description: This is a general survey which asks about demographic characteristics; expectations of the college experience; secondary school experiences; degree goals and career plans; college finances; attitudes, values, and life goals; and reasons for attending college.
Contact: Dean's Office and Institutional Research

Survey: Admitted Student Questionnaire

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Admissions Office
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Collegeboard.org
Type: Combination of Web- and Mailed paper survey
Timing: Summer, 2010
Population: All students admitted for the upcoming Fall
Description: This is a survey of all admitted students, whether they chose to enroll or not, that asks about their impressions of the College, where the student enrolled, and what factors may have influenced their decision to enroll at their chosen college.
Contact: Admissions Office and Institutional Research.

Non-Routine Surveys prior to 2010-11

Survey: Sophomore Activities Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Dean's Office
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Online survey
Timing: May, 2010
Population: Sophomores
Description: This survey asks about participation in Dean's office activities over the past year that were aimed at sophomores, and for evaluations of these activities.
Contact: Sami El-Dalati, Dean's Office

Survey: Federal Government Career Interest Survey

Sponsor: Career Services
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Online survey
Timing: May 1, 2010 and May 1, 2011
Population: Classes of 2011 and 2013
Description: Swarthmore recently was awarded an Innovation Grant to help build a federal service campaign designed to educate students about careers in government. We would like to examine students' current interest and knowledge base of working for the federal government. We would like to conduct this survey once again at the end of next academic year to see if our outreach campaign was successful in increasing interest and knowledge of government careers. This survey will be no longer than 10 questions.
Contact: Marissa Deitch, mdeitch1

Survey: Research Practices Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: HEDS
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: April-May, 2010
Population: Subset of Seniors (about half — it includes only those who had participated as first year students)
Description: This survey, also conducted by a number of peer institutions, asks about students' experiences, dispositions, and proficiencies in conducting college-level academic research.
Contact: Library, Institutional Research

Survey: Learning Management System (LMS)

Sponsor: Tri-College Information Technology Service offices
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Online survey, launched via email invitation to individual students
Timing: April-May, 2010
Population: A stratified (by class) random sample of 200 students
Description: The survey will gather information to inform an evaluation of Moodle and Blackboard 9.
Contact: Doug Willen, Swarthmore ITS

 

Survey: United States Census 2010

Sponsor: U.S. Government
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: U.S. Census Bureau
Type: Paper forms, distributed by Residential Life staff
Timing: April, 2010
Population: Students in residence halls
Description: Demographic information about residents.
Contact: Rachel Head, Residential Life; http://2010.census.gov/

Survey: Smoking in the Residence Halls

Sponsor: Residential Life
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Online survey, launched via general email to student listserv
Timing: February, 2010
Population: All students
Description: This is a brief survey designed to elicit student attitudes about the Smoking policy, especially with respect to smoking in residence halls.
Contact: Rachel Head, Residential Life

Survey: Assessment of Writing Courses

Sponsor: Swarthmore College Provost's Office
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: Internally developed
Type: Web
Timing: December 9-16, 2009
Population: Students enrolled in Writing Courses; Faculty members teaching Writing Courses
Description: As part of an assessment of the effectiviness of Writing courses, evaluations will be sent to all students enrolled in Writing Courses in Fall 2009. A separate survey will be administered to instructors of these courses.
Contact: Provost's Office and Institutional Research

Survey: Consortium for High Achievement and Success (CHAS) Climate Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: CHAS
Type: Web
Timing: October, 2009
Population: Sample of All Enrolled Students
Description: The Climate Survey asks about satisfaction with academic life and other aspects of the college, participation in activities, interactions with students of different backgrounds, experiences with faculty members, discrimination witnessed or experienced, stress, and a variety of background and demographic items.
Contact: Dean's Office and Institutional Research

Survey: Alumni Survey

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: COFHE
Type: Web-based survey
Timing: March-June, 2010
Population: Classes of 1989, 1998, and 2004
Description: This survey, also conducted by several dozen peer institutions, asks about activities and experiences of alumni following graduation, including employment and graduate study, as well as their evaluations of the College.
Contact: Institutional Research

Survey: National College Health Assessment

Sponsor: Swarthmore College
Vendor/Consortium/Proprietor: American College Health Association
Type: Web-based
Timing: Fall, 2008
Population: All sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Description: This survey asks about health-related behaviors, experiences, and attitudes.
Contact: Dean's Office and Institutional Research