HEDS Surveys – for member institutions and institutions not in HEDS

HEDS administers three surveys each year: the HEDS Research Practices Survey, the HEDS Alumni Survey, and the HEDS Senior Survey. The cost of a single four-week administration for each survey is $500 for HEDS members and $1,500 for institutions not in HEDS. All three surveys have been approved by the Wabash College IRB. See the IRB letter of approval through December 2014.

We provide sample surveys and discuss administration details for the three HEDS surveys in more depth below. 

HEDS Research Practices Survey

The HEDS Research Practices Survey is a short survey that collects information on students’ research experiences and assesses information literacy skills.

We updated the survey this year to improve its assessment of 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.

Faculty and librarians can use information from this survey to develop pedagogies and materials to advance students’ information literacy skills.

See more detailed information on the HEDS Research Practices Survey.

See survey sample.

HEDS Alumni Survey

The HEDS Alumni Survey is designed to assess the long-term impact of teaching practices and institutional conditions on liberal education learning goals such as critical thinking, information literacy, and problem solving. The HEDS Alumni Survey also examines postgraduate employment outcomes, college debt, and college satisfaction. The survey is based both on Wabash National Study findings on effective teaching practices and the AAC&U LEAP learning outcomes. It connects longitudinally with the HEDS Senior Survey so that institutions can examine both immediate and longer term college outcomes.

From 2011 to 2013, the survey was administered to nearly 16,000 alumni from 43 liberal arts and research institutions across the United States. Although institutions can administer the HEDS Alumni Survey to alumni from any era, our comparison reports focus primarily on alumni 1, 5, and 10 years after graduation.

Read more about the survey and the 2013–2014 administration.

See survey sample.

See a description of changes in the 2013–2014 HEDS Alumni Survey.

HEDS Senior Survey

The HEDS Senior Survey is designed to assess the immediate postgraduation impact of teaching practices and institutional conditions on liberal learning goals such as critical thinking, writing, speaking, and problem solving. Like the HEDS Alumni Survey, the HEDS Senior Survey is based both on Wabash National Study findings on effective teaching practices and the AAC&U LEAP learning outcomes. The HEDS Senior Survey also allows colleges and universities to gather information on seniors' postgraduate plans for employment, education, and service. HEDS has administered the Senior Survey since 1997. The HEDS Senior Survey is designed to be connected longitudinally with the HEDS Alumni Survey so that institutions can examine both immediate and longer term college outcomes.

There are two versions of the HEDS Senior Survey: (1) the standard version of the survey which takes about 15 minutes to complete and (2) a longer version of the survey that includes additional questions that provide a fine-grained assessment of students' satisfaction with the quality of their advising, in- and out-of-classroom experiences, campus services and facilities, and campus life.

See more detailed information on the HEDS Senior Survey.

See a sample of the standard version and the additional questions on student satisfaction.

See a description of changes made to the survey between 2013 and 2014.