Alumni Survey

2019-2020 HEDS Alumni Survey

The HEDS Alumni Survey asks alumni about the quality and impact of their educational experiences, including cocurricular activities such as internships, study abroad, and community service. The survey also asks alumni to evaluate the impact of their 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 five dimensions of their experience:

  • Good Teaching and High-Quality Interactions with Faculty
  • Challenging Assignments and High Faculty Expectations
  • Interactions with Diversity
  • Growth on Intellectual Outcomes
  • Growth on Civic Outcomes

There are two versions of the survey, one designed for undergraduate alumni and the other for advanced degree alumni. Advanced degree alumni include graduates from master’s and doctoral programs, professional programs such as dentistry and medicine, and advanced degree certificate programs.

We recommend that you administer this survey to alumni 1, 5, and/or 10 years after graduation. The 1-year-out cohort includes alumni who graduated in 2018 and 2019. The 5-year-out cohort includes alumni who graduated in 2014 and 2015 and the 10-year-out cohort includes alumni who graduated in 2009 and 2010. 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, 2019 and June 30, 2020. The latest possible date to begin administering the HEDS Alumni Survey is June 9, 2019.

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.

However, because the advanced degree version of this survey is new, our advanced degree reports will only break out 1-year-, 5-year-, and/or 10-year-out data as separate comparison groups if a sufficient number of institutions participate this year.

The base cost of the survey is $500 for institutions in HEDS and $1,900 for institutions not in HEDS. There are some custom options for additional fees. Institutions that administer to multiple degree populations will receive a discount on the second survey.

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 alumni’s experiences and the impact of their education by registering for the 2019-2020 HEDS Alumni Survey.

Please contact Adrea Hernandez if you have questions.