HEDS Surveys – for member institutions and institutions not in HEDS

2015–2016 HEDS Survey Administration

July 10, 2015 Registration is open for the 20152016 administrations of the HEDS Alumni Survey, HEDS First Destination Survey, and HEDS Research Practices Survey. We are in the process of updating our survey information for our other three surveys: HEDS Senior Survey, HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey, and HEDS Teaching Quality Survey. Below, find a brief description of each survey, with survey administration year noted, and links to detailed information.

The cost of a single administration for each survey is $500 for HEDS members and $1,600 for institutions not in HEDS.

HEDS Alumni Survey 2015–2016

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. Learn more about the HEDS Alumni Survey.

See survey instrument.

HEDS First Destination Survey – 2015

The HEDS First Destination Survey asks recent college graduates about their current activities, their satisfaction with and connection to their undergraduate institution, the extent to which their undergraduate experience prepared them for postgraduate life, and the impact of undergraduate activities on their development. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has established national standards for higher education institutions in collecting this information, and we designed the HEDS First Destination Survey to follow these standards. Find out more.

See survey instrument. 

HEDS Research Practices Survey – 2015–2016

The HEDS Research Practices Survey is a short survey that asks students about their research experiences and assesses their information literacy skills.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and includes questions that map to each of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ five information literacy competency standards. Find out more.

See survey instrument.

HEDS Senior Survey – 2014–2015

The HEDS Senior Survey asks graduating 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) LEAP Essential 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.

The standard administration period for the HEDS Senior Survey is 3–6 weeks in the spring. The survey must begin within the last 6 weeks of seniors’ final term. Survey administration must be completed by 2 weeks after the last day of seniors’ final term. Find out more.

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

HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey – 2014–2015

The HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey asks students about their perceptions of their campus’s climate for unwanted sexual contact and sexual assault, their perceptions of how their institution responds to sexual assaults, and whether and how often they have experienced unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault. We developed this survey to help institutions meet the requirements of the Clery and the Violence Against Women Acts.

The survey takes approximately 15–20 minutes to complete and can be administered to undergraduate and graduate students 18 years of age and older. Find out more.

To see a copy of the survey, click here.

HEDS Teaching Quality Survey – 2014–2015

The HEDS Teaching Quality Survey asks students about four important components of high-quality teaching that are correlated with increased student learning on a variety of liberal arts outcomes:

  1. Faculty interest in teaching and student development
  2. Prompt feedback
  3. Quality of nonclassroom interactions with faculty
  4. Teaching clarity and organization

This survey is based on questions from the Wabash National Study. The survey can be administered to students in any class year. However, our reports will focus on first- and fourth-year students. The standard administration period for the survey is 3–6 weeks in the fall. The earliest possible start date is 6 weeks prior to the last day of regularly scheduled classes in the fall term. Survey administrations must be completed before the start of the next term. Find out more.

 See survey instrument.