Surveys and Other Assessment Data
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is actively engaged in conducting a strategic survey research program that includes participation in national and UNC System-wide survey projects. These survey activities are part of the University’s commitment to institutional effectiveness and improvement. Results from these surveys can be viewed below.
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment also supports academic and administrative units with survey development, administration, and analysis of surveys. We assist in developing survey items that best answer your research questions, provide support for administering surveys, advise on when to schedule surveys for optimal data collection, and analyze collected data.
The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Survey is part of a long-running national study sponsored by the Higher Education Research Institute.
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.
The Student Experience in the Research University Survey is a collaborative effort among various (mostly public) AAU institutions to better understand undergraduate student engagement and perceptions of their college years. The most recent 2022 SERU results are available at the Carolina Analytics Portal.
The University is participating in the SERU (Student Experience in the Research University) 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 has administered the SERU survey every two years starting in 2011.
Results from a spring 2016 survey designed to evaluate student and staff perceptions of the campus climate for diversity and inclusion are provided here.
Over 24% of undergraduate students, 37% of graduate students, and 35% of staff members responded to the survey. Survey questions addressed a number of broad themes including demographics, exposure to diversity, classroom experiences, feelings of isolation, lived experiences and observations of bias and stereotyping, engagement in diversity-related activities, and benefits of learning within a diverse and inclusive environment.
Staff Survey Responses
Highlights of Results
Undergraduate Student Survey Responses
Highlights of Results
Graduate/Professional Student Survey Responses
Highlights of Results
Sophomore & Senior Surveys
These surveys were administered to UNC-Chapel Hill sophomores and graduating seniors approximately every 2-3 years since the late 1990s. These surveys were discontinued following the 2015-2016 administration.
Sophomores and graduating seniors were 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 Sophomore Survey
2012-2013 Sophomore Survey
2009-2010 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
2015-2016 Graduating Senior Survey
2012-2013 Graduating Senior Survey
2009-2010 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
The National Survey of Student Engagement is administered to first-year and senior students across the nation to learn more about their academic and social engagement patterns. UNC-Chapel Hill participated in the survey until 2010.
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 Collaborative Learning, Student-Faculty Interaction, Supportive Campus Environment, Enriching Educational Experiences, and Level of Academic Challenge. The University switched to SERU after 2010.
The 2013 Undergraduate Alumni Survey was administered to Carolina Alumni five and ten years after graduation to evaluate the undergraduate experience.
- Evaluate the status of undergraduates five and ten years after graduation by gathering information about where they are, type of employment, and its relationship to their major
- Access the importance of Curriculum Learning Outcomes to their career and the quality of preparation provided at Carolina including specific abilities and skills acquired, the value of course-related experiences in and out of the classroom to their career, and their overall satisfaction with their undergraduate experience
- Seek suggestions for strengthening the Undergraduate experience and career preparation from the alumni perspective
To learn more about how OIRA can support your survey projects, please contact us at the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.