Bucknell University conducts surveys of students, faculty, staff and alumni on a regular schedule. The information from these surveys is used to inform the decisions of the senior leadership as well as of various faculty and staff committees.

The Office of Institutional Research & Planning has established a routine schedule of undergraduate students' surveys.

If you plan to administer a survey, please refer to the survey guide.

If you have any questions about the survey calendar or survey research activities in general, please contact Rita Liu at 570.577.3619 or xl005@bucknell.edu.

Survey Descriptions

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) Baccalaureate Outcomes Survey collects data from bachelor’s degree graduates five years after graduation. The survey provides data on the occupational success of recent graduates and on their satisfaction with the institution. More specifically, the data to be collected through the survey includes graduate schools attended and degrees earned, satisfaction with the undergraduate experience, current occupation and employer, income and homeownership, and perceptions of value received from their degree.

AlcoholEDU is an online alcohol education program. It incorporates the latest evidence-based prevention methods to create a highly personalized user experience that inspires students to reflect on and consider changing their drinking behaviors. AlcoholEdu is not a lecture about alcohol. Rather, it is a program for college students who are thoughtful about life choices or who have a shared commitment to the health and welfare of others.

The Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) collects data about entering college students' high school academic and co-curricular experiences, as well as their expectations for participating in educationally purposeful activities during the first college year. BCSSE administration usually takes place prior to the start of fall classes and is designed to be paired with a NSSE administration at the end of the first college year, providing an in-depth understanding of first-year student engagement on your campus. || See recent BCSSE results

The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey covers a wide range of student characteristics: parental income and education, ethnicity, and other demographic items; financial aid; secondary school achievement and activities; educational and career plans; and values, attitudes, beliefs, and self-concept. Published annually in "The American Freshman," the results from these surveys continue to provide a comprehensive portrait of the changing character of entering students and American society at large. || See recent CIRP Freshman results

The College Senior Survey (CSS) connects academic, civic, and diversity outcomes with a comprehensive set of college experiences to measure the impact of college. Although the CSS can be used as a stand-alone instrument, when used in conjunction with the CIRP Freshman Survey (TFS), the Diverse Learning Environments Survey (DLE), or the Your First College Year Survey (YFCY), the CSS generates valuable longitudinal data on students cognitive and affective growth during college. || See recent CSS results

Consortium On High Achievement And Success (CHAS) Founded in 2000, The Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS) is composed of 30 private, select liberal arts colleges and small universities dedicated to promoting high achievement, leadership and personal satisfaction of students on member campuses, with a focus on promoting success among students of color. CHAS develops programs to engage the whole student academically, socially and culturally. CHAS is supported by its members and is hosted by Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. || See recent CHAS results

The Diverse Learning Environments Survey (DLE) captures student perceptions regarding the institutional climate, campus practices as experienced with faculty, staff, and peers, and student learning outcomes. Diverse student populations are at the center of the survey, and the instrument is based on studies of diverse student bodies and the complexity of issues that range from student mobility to intergroup relations.

The Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Alumni Survey is designed to assess the long-term impact of teaching practices and institutional conditions on liberal education outcomes such as critical thinking, information literacy, and problem solving. It also examines postgraduate employment outcomes, college debt, and college satisfaction. || See recent HEDS Alumni results

The Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Research Practices Survey is a short survey that collects information on students’ research experiences and assesses information literacy skills. Even though the HEDS Research Practices Survey only takes about 15 minutes to complete, it now includes questions that map to each of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ five information literacy competency standards. || See recent HEDS Research Practices results

The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Faculty Survey is designed to measure timely issues impacting faculty and administrators today. Results from the HERI Faculty Survey are particularly useful in discussions about pedagogy, and how it relates to students' experience on campus. The results provide a faculty perspective on planning and policy analysis, enhance faculty development programming, and improve the student learning experience. Additionally, faculty survey data have been cited in self-studies in accreditation both to support an evidence-based approach to institutional improvement and as evidence for specific accreditation standards. || See recent HERI Faculty results

Measuring Information Service Outcomes (MISO) Survey is a web-based quantitative survey designed to measure how faculty, students, and staff view library and computing services in higher education. || See recent MISO results.

MyVoice A Bucknell Student Experience Survey is designed to identify the primary challenges and opportunities in our students' out-of-classroom experiences, and to generate data that we can use to drive effective change. To ensure objectivity in the survey tool and results, Bucknell partnered with Royall & Company, a consulting firm that specializes in higher education. The survey included more than 40 open- and closed-ended questions, giving students ample opportunity to provide feedback in the areas of satisfaction; community; well-being; safety & security; dining & housing; and study abroad. || See myVoice results.

NASPA Consortium Campus Activities Benchmarking Survey asks about the importance of campus activities in the students decision to attend this University, and how being involved in campus activities effects them as a student at this University. The data collected in this effort allows the university to determine the following for their students:

  • Preferred means to find out about campus activities
  • Student participation in various campus activities, including their level of involvement and whether they hold leadership positions
  • Outcomes of participating in campus activities
  • Reasons for not participating in campus activities
  • The effect of pre-orientation programs on student involvement/learning
  • A comparison to the NASPA Consortium Benchmarking Assessment results

The National College Health Assessment II (NCHA-II) is a national research survey organized by the American College Health Association (ACHA) to assist college health service providers, health educators, counselors, and administrators in collecting data about their students' habits, behaviors, and perceptions on the most prevalent health topics.

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. || See recent NSSE results

Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory (PSRI) is a campus climate survey developed through AAC&U’s Core Commitments initiative. The PSRI surveys four campus constituent groups — faculty, students, student affairs professionals, and academic administrators — regarding key dimensions of personal and social responsibility: striving for excellence; cultivating academic integrity; contributing to a larger community; taking seriously the perspectives of others; and developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning and action. || See recent PSRI results.

Sexual Climate and Experiences is a survey addressing certain aspects of the sexual climate and sexual experiences at Bucknell. The purpose of the survey is to gather information that will help the University create an environment in which students are safe and feel well supported.

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) is an annual online survey, data management, and institutional improvement system designed to enhance the impact of arts-school education.

The Student Strengths Inventory (SSI) is an instrument that is guided by over 30 years of research on non-cognitive or psycho-social attitudes and behaviors that are present in successful people. The SSI seeks to measure the following factors:

  • Academic Engagement
  • Academic Self-Efficacy
  • Campus Engagement
  • Educational Commitment
  • Resiliency
  • Social Comfort

These factors can help educators classify and organize conversation and advice to students based on behaviors and trends that are not typically measured via cognitive or academic measurement.

Your First College Year (YFCY) survey is the first national survey designed specifically to assess the academic and personal development of students over the first year of college. Developed through a collaboration between HERI and the Policy Center on the First Year of College at Brevard College, YFCY enables institutions to identify features of the first year that encourage student learning, involvement, satisfaction, retention and success, thereby enhancing first-year programs and retention strategies at campuses across the country. || See recent YFCY results