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Alumni Survey

2016-2017 HEDS Alumni Survey

The HEDS Alumni Survey asks alumni about the quality and impact of their undergraduate educational experiences, including cocurricular activities such as internships, study abroad, and community service. The survey also asks alumni to evaluate the impact of their undergraduate education on their postgraduate critical thinking, problem solving, and other learning outcomes. Finally, the survey asks about postgraduate employment, college satisfaction, and college debt.


The HEDS Alumni Survey asks alumni to report on four dimensions of their undergraduate experience:

  • Good Teaching and High-Quality Interactions with Faculty
  • Challenging Assignments and High Faculty Expectations
  • Interactions with Diversity
  • Development of Social and Civic Engagement


We recommend that you administer this survey to alumni 5 and 10 years after graduation as we can only guarantee comparison data for those class years. The 5-year-out cohort includes alumni who graduated in 2011 and 2012, and the 10-year-out cohort includes alumni who graduated in 2006 and 2007. You may also administer the survey to alumni who graduated at other times.

You can administer the HEDS Alumni Survey for any 3−6 week period between September 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. The latest possible date to begin administering the HEDS Alumni Survey is June 9, 2017.

You must register at least 3 weeks prior to the date on which you plan to begin administering the survey.

All institutions will receive: summary reports that compare your alumni to alumni at all other participating institutions on key indicators in the HEDS Alumni Survey, a frequency report that compares your alumni to alumni at all other participating institutions, and an SPSS and/or Microsoft Excel file with your participants’ responses.

Institutions in HEDS will also receive: an interactive report that allows you to create customized comparison groups and compares your students’ scores to those of students at other HEDS institutions that have participated in the last few years and an SPSS and/or Microsoft Excel file with student-level data from HEDS institutions that participated in the last few years.

The base cost of the survey is $500 for institutions in HEDS and $1,700 for institutions not in HEDS. There are some custom options for additional fees.

Michael Thompson, Illinois Wesleyan University

“The HEDS Alumni Survey is unique because it gets into academic data and not just employment outcomes. We like that it touches on satisfaction, student-faculty interaction, and mission and value issues.”


Diane Saphire, Trinity University

“We liked the question that asks how different experiences contributed to alumni’s learning and personal development. We ended up using data from that question in a recent strategic plan, which calls for a new center focused on study abroad and international experiences in response, in part, to how high those experiences were rated.”


Susan Warner Taylor, Baldwin Wallace University

“We use the HEDS Alumni Survey for academic assessment, as it provides evidence for our university learning outcomes. We like being able to align survey items with our outcomes, then filter the results by major and share them at the program level.”


Jon Christy and Nan Hibbs, Luther College

“We like that we were able to analyze the HEDS Alumni Survey data by college major. By doing so, academic departments could see where they were in comparison to the college as a whole.”


Charles Clark, Knox College

“The questions about how their undergraduate experience at Knox impacts their personal development and knowledge are very important and useful to us.”

Learn more about your institution’s alumni by registering for the 2016-2017 HEDS Alumni Survey.

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