HEDS surveys are designed to help institutions assess the quality and impact of their programs as well as the strengths and weakness of their campus climate. Membership is not required for participation in any HEDS survey, but we deeply discount survey prices and fees for HEDS members.
HEDS Alumni Surveys
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 survey, which should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, is based both on Wabash National Study findings on effective teaching practices and the AAC&U LEAP learning outcomes. There are two versions of the survey, one designed for undergraduate alumni and the other for advanced degree alumni.
HEDS Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey
The HEDS Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey asks students, faculty, staff, and administrators about their:
- perceptions of their institution’s climate,
- perceptions of how their institution supports diversity and equity, and
- experiences with discrimination and harassment at their institution.
HEDS First Destination Surveys
The HEDS First Destination Survey asks graduating seniors and recent college graduates about their primary activities following graduation. Institutions can use the survey’s results to assess employment- and career-related outcomes for recent college graduates and to report to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). There are two versions of the survey, one designed for undergraduate students and the other for advanced degree students.
HEDS New Student Survey
The HEDS New Student Survey includes two components. The first component is the survey itself which prompts new students to think about their goals for college, their vision for the successful life they want to lead after college, and how their experiences in college can help them move towards their vision of success.
The second component is institutional data collection aimed at helping institutions see the link between their students’ responses on the survey and their academic progress over the first year of college.
HEDS Senior Survey
The HEDS Senior Survey asks college seniors to evaluate teaching practices and institutional conditions they experienced as undergraduates, assess the impact of their college experience on their intellectual growth and development, and describe their plans following graduation. The survey is based both on Wabash National Study findings on effective teaching practices and the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ (AAC&U) AAC&U LEAP learning outcomes. An optional longer version of the survey also includes questions about students’ satisfaction with the quality of their advising, in- and out-of-classroom experiences, campus services and facilities, and campus life.
HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Surveys
HEDS offers three different campus climate surveys on sexual assault and sexual violence–one for undergraduate students, one for advanced degree students, and one for faculty, staff, and administrators. These surveys are designed for and have been used by public and private institutions, from community colleges to research universities. Institutions that administer to multiple populations will receive a discount on the additional surveys.
All three surveys ask respondents about their perceptions of their campus’s climate, their perceptions of how their institution responds to sexual assaults, and whether they have experienced unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault. The survey for faculty, staff, and administrators also asks respondents how well they know their institution’s procedures for reporting incidents of sexual violence, whether they’ve talked with victims of sexual violence, and whether they’ve reported these incidents.
HEDS Survey Administration
The cost of a single administration for each survey is $500 for HEDS members and $2,000 for institutions not in HEDS.
for HEDS members
for institutions not in HEDS