The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is actively engaged in conducting a strategic survey research program that includes participation in nationally-developed survey projects and the development and administration of locally-developed survey instruments. These survey activities are part of the university’s commitment to institutional effectiveness and improvement.
Results from some of these surveys can be viewed below.
CIRP Freshman Survey - View Surveys by Year
- CIRP is a continuing longitudinal study of the American higher education system undertaken by the Higher Education Research Institute housed at UCLA. The principal purpose of CIRP is to assess the opinions and interests of first-year college students. Established in 1966, CIRP has generated an array of research about a wide range of issues in American higher education over the last 45 years.
In recent years, CIRP has developed constructs from survey item responses to better understand student experiences and outcomes than if only individual survey items are compared. These constructs include academic and social self-conception, valuation of social and political involvement, learning behaviors, likelihood of college involvement, and the importance of college reputation.
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Sophomore Survey - View Surveys by Year
- Sophomore are surveyed in the spring about their overall satisfaction; faculty contributions to their educational experience; academic and non-academic support services; campus climate; self-rated knowledge, skills, and development; participation in co-curricular activities; and enriching educational experiences.
2015-2016 Sophomore Survey
2012-2013 Sophomore Survey
2007-2008 Sophomore Survey
2005-2006 Sophomore Survey
2003-2004 Sophomore Survey
2001-2002 Sophomore Survey
1999-2000 Sophomore Survey
1997-1998 Sophomore Survey
Graduating Senior Survey - View Surveys by Year
- This survey was designed by the University of North Carolina System, and has been administered to graduating seniors in the spring of even years for over a decade. Graduating seniors are asked about overall satisfaction; faculty contributions to their educational experience; academic and non-academic support services; campus climate; self-rated knowledge, skills, and development; participation in co-curricular activities and enriching educational experiences.
2015-2016 Graduating Senior Survey
2012-2013 Graduating Senior Survey
2007-2008 Graduating Senior Survey
2005-2006 Graduating Senior Survey
2003-2004 Graduating Senior Survey
2001-2002 Graduating Senior Survey
1999-2000 Graduating Senior Survey
1997-1998 Graduating Senior Survey
Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Survey - View Surveys by Year
- The University is participating in the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Survey project, which is a collaborative effort among various (mostly public) AAU institutions. Developed by the University of California at Berkeley, the purpose of the SERU project is: to develop “new data sources and policy relevant analysis to help broaden our understanding of the undergraduate experience and to promote a culture of institutional self-improvement” at large, public research universities. A major advantage of participating in the SERU project is the ability to compare responses of Carolina students with those of their counterparts at other research universities at the program level.
The University administered the SERU survey in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Results from the 2013 and 2015 surveys are available below.
National Survey of Student Engagement - View Surveys by Year
- First-year and senior students from universities across the nation are surveyed about their experiences in activities that research shows to be related to positive learning and developmental outcomes. NSSE combines various items in the survey to create “benchmark” measures in five specific categories: Active and Collaborate Learning, Student-Faculty Interaction, Supportive Campus Environment, Enriching Educational Experiences, and Level of Academic Challenge.