Surveys @ GC

We regularly invite various segments of the campus community to participate in surveys addressing a wide range of issues.

If you are considering running a survey on campus, we are eager to work with you. Specifically, we can:

  • Provide guidelines and best practices in designing your survey
  • Assist with using Qualtrics, our campus survey tool
  • Provide targeted mailing lists from the campus database
  • Archive your data
  • Assist with data analysis and reporting

For some basic tips on survey design, download Highlights from Mail & Internet Surveys, by Dillman, Smyth & Christian (2008)

Campus Surveys

Results of many of our surveys are available to the campus via Alfresco. Department specific results are posted in each department’s respective Alfresco site; institutional results are posted in the Assessment & Institutional Research Alfresco site.

Regularly Administered Surveys

Regularly administered surveys follow a two- or three-year cycle. See more on our survey schedule.

National Surveys

  • HERI CIRP Freshmen Survey
  • HERI College Senior Survey
  • National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
  • Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI)
  • HERI Faculty Survey

Locally-developed Surveys

  • General education survey
  • Graduate recent alumni survey
  • Undergraduate recent alumni survey
  • First-destination survey of graduates

Ad Hoc Surveys

A variety of one-time surveys have been administered on campus (dates and sponsors noted in parenthesis):

  • Campus Health Services(2011 FA, Bill Born) – Student Life conducted a survey as part of their evaluation of the new (2011) agreement with Goshen Family Physicians (GFP) for providing campus health services.
  • MSW Feasibility(2011 FA, Carol Jarvis) – Social Work department polled alumni to see how interested they were in graduate-level social work study.
  • Student Spiritual Formation(2010-11, Bob Yoder, Campus Pastor) – CITL-funded research on student spiritual formation.
  • Alumni Survey/Anthem Study (2010 Fall, GC Board of Directors) – A comprehensive survey of alumni to gather data on the anthem issue. Also included general questions (for assessment purposes) and info update for college relations database.
  • Departmental alumni surveys (2004, Accreditation Team) – Many academic departments surveyed alumni in preparation for the 2005 NCA/HLC site visit.