Institutional Results by Instrument

The Office of Institutional Research and Evaluation gathers evidence every year concerning college-wide student learning outcomes, such as critical thinking, effective writing, quantitative reasoning, and research proficiency. The sources listed below provide a mix of direct evidence concerning students’ knowledge, proficiencies, and values, and indirect evidence concerning students’ experiences, perceptions, and attitudes. For information about the relationship of college-wide, program-level, and General Education assessment, see the comprehensive assessment schedule.

Alumni Survey
A Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) questionnaire that gathers information from alumni about their educational, co-curricular, volunteer, and professional experiences during and after their undergraduate studies, and the contributions of these experiences to their knowledge and proficiencies.

Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE)
A questionnaire examining entering college students’ high school academic and co-curricular experiences, as well as their expectations for participating in educationally purposeful activities during the first college year. Administered to incoming first-year students during late summer through the beginning of classes.

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)
A performance-based demonstration of students’ abilities in critical thinking, effective writing, data interpretation, and problem-solving. Administered to incoming first-year students during Week One and to graduating seniors in the spring semester.

Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE)
A questionnaire that examines the importance faculty place on various areas of learning and development, the nature and frequency of faculty-student interactions, and how faculty members organize their time.  Administered to faculty during spring semester.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
A questionnaire that examines how students spend their time in college, the nature and scope of the work they do, and their perceptions of their institution’s contribution to their learning and personal development.  Administered to first-year students and seniors in the spring semester.

Research Practices Survey (RPS)
A Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) questionnaire that examines students’ experiences, attitudes, and proficiencies in conducting effective academic research.  Administered to incoming first-year students during Week One, and to the same group of first-years and to graduating seniors in the spring semester.

St. Olaf Learning Goals Questionnaire (LGQ)
A questionnaire that examines students’ past and future learning experiences in relation to St. Olaf’s college-wide learning goals (STOGoals).  Administered to incoming first-year students during late summer through the beginning of classes, and to the same group of first-years and to graduating seniors in the spring semester.