Surveys, when designed and used appropriately, can provide valuable information about student learning and development. Miami University's Office of Institutional Research (IR) conducts multiple surveys of faculty, staff, and students each year, including national surveys that allow comparisons with benchmark institutions. This page provides information on how to using survey data for assessment purposes and the types of survey data that are already available to Miami faculty and staff.
The Liberal Education office will be responsible for:
- The Assessing Critical Thinking (ACT) project
- First Year Seminar Assessment
Why use surveys?
Multiple types of data can be used to assess students’ learning and development. Surveys can provide an indirect measure of student learning and development (i.e., a measure that indirectly suggest a student has achieved the outcome). While direct measures are always preferred, they are not always practical. Surveys, when designed and used appropriately, can provide valuable information about student learning and development.
Does the Data Already Exist?
After you identify the type of data that you need, determine whether you need to design your own survey or whether Miami University's Office of Institutional Research (IR) has survey data that you can utilize.
Miami University’s IR Office conducts multiple surveys of faculty, staff, and students each year, including national surveys that allow comparisons with benchmark institutions. Many surveys are designed to go hand-in-hand with other surveys in order to provide multiple perspectives (e.g., faculty and student perspectives). For some of these surveys, the IR Office has data stretching back as far as 1970!
How can I receive help in designing my survey?
If you are designing a survey for assessment purposes, Assessment staff are available to help you with the design. You can contact us at 513-529-9266 or celt@MiamiOH.edu.
If you are designing a survey for a Miami Plan course (or for a full Miami Plan assessment), sample questionnaires are available on the Liberal Education portion of the website.
On-line Survey Tools
Miami University offers two tools for conducting on-line surveys: Qualtrics and Snap Surveys. Information on using these tools, including how to register for access to these tools, is available from IT Services.
Surveys Conducted by the Office of Institutional Research
Below is a list of the major surveys conducted by Miami University’s IR Office. Click on the survey title to see a description of the survey, including the Population (who was surveyed), the Topic of the survey, the Years for which data are available, and the Companion survey(s) (surveys that were designed to complement the current survey). Unless specified, all surveys provide comparisons between Miami University and benchmark institutions. For additional information on the surveys, including recent results and survey instruments, visit the Office of Institutional Research website at: http://www.units.MiamiOH.edu/oir/