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 Surveys, available in undergraduate and advanced degree versions, ask alumni about the quality and impact of their educational experiences, including cocurricular activities such as internships, study abroad, and community service. The surveys also ask alumni to evaluate the impact of their education on their postgraduate critical thinking, problem-solving, and other learning outcomes. Finally, the surveys ask about postgraduate employment, college satisfaction, and college debt.

These surveys, which should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, are based both on Wabash National Study findings on effective teaching practices and the AAC&U LEAP learning outcomes.

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 Graduating Student Survey

The HEDS Graduating Student Survey asks your graduating students 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.

HEDS New Student Survey

The HEDS New Student Survey is uniquely designed to be actionable. Unlike a traditional survey that provides your institution with aggregate information about your students, this survey is designed to strengthen the connection between your institution and the students who take the survey.

The survey prompts new students to reflect on their goals for college, their vision of a successful life after college, and how their experiences in college can move them towards achieving that vision. It encourages them to talk to people at your institution about these goals.

The survey works by fostering an interaction between your students and your institution.

HEDS Returning Student Survey

The HEDS Returning Student Survey is uniquely designed to be actionable. Unlike a traditional survey that provides your institution with aggregate information about your students, this survey is designed to strengthen the connection between your institution and the students who take the survey.

The survey prompts your existing students to reflect on their vision of post-college success, their reasons for staying in college, and the college experiences that have most prepared them to accomplish their goals for life. It encourages them to talk to people at your institution about these goals.

The survey works by fostering an interaction between your students and your institution.

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 Student Satisfaction Survey

The HEDS Student Satisfaction Survey is a short, 5-10 minute survey, designed for undergraduate students at 2-year and 4-year institutions. It asks your students how satisfied they are in four key areas of the student experience that promote student success:

  • academic experiences,
  • course instruction,
  • campus services and facilities,
  • and campus life.

Join HEDS for discounts on our surveys.

Any college or university may administer HEDS surveys, but our surveys are either free or $500 for our HEDS member institutions. All institutions – 2-year and 4-year, public and private – are welcome to join HEDS.

Join HEDS for deep discounts on surveys.

Any college or university may administer HEDS surveys, but our surveys are either free or $500 for our HEDS member institutions. All institutions – 2-year and 4-year, public and private – are welcome to join HEDS.