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.

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

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

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, 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

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.

HART Report Bucknell commissioned HART Research to conduct a study with the following objectives: 1. Identify how students feel and speak about Bucknell (2013); 2. Understand attitudes and behaviors relative to out-of-class intellectual and cultural activities (2013); 3. Identify ways of communicating more effectively about these types of activities and fostering greater attendance (2013); 4. Perception Survey of Prospective Students, Alumni and Guidance Counselors (2007 and 2011)

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. The survey 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.

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

The Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory (PSRI) assesses campus climate on five dimensions of personal and social responsibility that describe developmentally appropriate goals for students in college: 1. Striving for Excellence; 2. Cultivating Academic Integrity; 3. Contributing to a Larger Community; 4. Taking Seriously the Perspectives of Others; and 5. Developing Competence in Ethical and Moral Reasoning and Action. || See recent PSRI results.

Sexual Climate Survey 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.

Your First College Year (YFCY) survey 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




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