The Office of Institutional Research conducts a number of student surveys. Below is a list of external and internal surveys supported by SVA with a brief description. When possible, copies of these reports are available to the public.
ACT Survey of Student Opinions
The American College Testing (ACT) Survey of Student Opinions (SSO) is a survey of student satisfaction/dissatisfaction. The SSO assesses students' perceptions of the importance of, and satisfaction with, a full range of programs, services, and environmental factors at the college they are attending. Also included are an extended set of background items and a set of items related to students' impressions of, and experiences at, the college.
Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey
The CIRP Freshman Survey is part of a national study on college students conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. The CIRP was first established in 1966 and is now the nation's largest and oldest empirical study of higher education.
The CIRP Freshman Survey is administered to incoming first-year students before they start classes at SVA. The survey collects extensive information that allows for a snapshot of what incoming students are like before they experience college. Key sections of the survey examine established behaviors in high school; academic preparedness; admissions decisions; expectations of college; interactions with peers and faculty; student values and goals and student demographic characteristics; and concerns about financing college.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a large-scale project administered by the University of Indiana (Bloomington) that seeks to assess the nature and quality of the undergraduate student experience. First-year and senior students are the target populations for NSSE. Randomly selected students are invited to complete The College Student Report (the NSSE survey instrument) during the spring academic term. This questionnaire queries students about their participation in a variety of academic, co-, and extra-curricular activities, their attitudes toward the campus environment, and their perceptions of their own academic and personal growth. Students are also asked to provide background information (e.g., modal grades, sex, ethnicity, and parental education). NSSE researchers systematically monitor the psychometric properties (including validity and reliability) of College Student Report data.