Any college or university may administer HEDS surveys. HEDS members pay less than one-third the cost and openly share unmasked survey data with one another.
HEDS Survey Administration
Registration is open for the HEDS Research Practices Survey and the HEDS First Destination Survey. Below, find a brief description of all HEDS surveys 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.
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.
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 college graduates and to report to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). To increase response rates, we redesigned the survey so that students/graduates can easily complete it in less than five minutes on their mobile devices.
The HEDS Research Practices Survey is a short survey that assesses the extent to which college students can apply their information literacy skills to the practice of scholarly research. It asks students about their research experiences and assesses their skills in finding, evaluating, and citing sources.
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.
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.
Depending on whether students have experienced unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault, the HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey usually takes less than 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be administered to undergraduate and graduate students 18 years of age and older.
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:
- Faculty interest in teaching and student development
- Prompt feedback
- Quality of nonclassroom interactions with faculty
- 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.