2017 HEDS Senior Survey
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 HEDS Senior Survey asks seniors to report on four dimensions of their undergraduate experience:
- Good Teaching and High-Quality Interactions with Faculty
- Challenging Assignments and High Faculty Expectations
- Interactions with Diversity
- Development of Social and Civic Engagement
There are two versions of the survey: the standard version and a longer version, which includes questions about students’ satisfaction with the quality of their advising, in- and out-of-classroom experiences, campus services and facilities, and campus life.
You can administer the HEDS Senior Survey for a 3−6 week period. The survey must begin within the last 6 weeks of seniors’ final term, so the earliest possible start date is 6 weeks prior to the last day of spring classes at your institution. Survey administrations must be completed by 2 weeks after the last day of spring classes.
You must register at least 3 weeks prior to the date on which you plan to begin administering the survey.
All institutions will receive: a frequency report that compares your seniors to seniors at all other participating institutions and an SPSS and/or Microsoft Excel file with your participants’ responses.
Institutions in HEDS will also receive: an interactive report that allows you to create customized comparison groups and compares your students’ scores to those of students at other HEDS institutions that have participated in the last few years and an SPSS and/or Microsoft Excel file with student-level data from HEDS institutions that participated in the last few years.
The base cost of the survey is $500 for institutions in HEDS and $1,700 for institutions not in HEDS. There are some custom options for additional fees.
Suhua Dong, Gettysburg College
“Gettysburg College has been participating in the HEDS Senior Survey for many years (15+ years). Through this survey, we collect data on student engagement, student-faculty interactions, participation in high-impact practices/educational enrichment activities, satisfaction, experience with diversity, and learning outcomes. This survey has been an important part of our institutional assessment. Results from this survey have been widely used on our campus (e. g., by president’s council, academic departments and administrative offices, various committees and retreats). One of the biggest benefits of participation in this survey is the opportunity of benchmarking with peers, through which we identify our areas of distinctive strengths, weaknesses/concerns, and areas of improvements.”
Neil Albert, Colgate University
“The HEDS Senior Survey informs our learning assessment for the goals of a Colgate education at the university and department levels. We also utilize it as a way of monitoring student experiences, expectations and satisfaction.”