HEDS Alumni Survey

About the HEDS Alumni Survey

The HEDS Alumni Survey elicits information from graduates of colleges and universities around the country about their curricular and co-curricular learning during college, and their educational, employment, civic, and personal activities after college.

St. Olaf College is a member of the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium, which consists of approximately 160 institutions around the country that are “committed to sharing data, knowledge, and expertise to advance student success and make liberal arts education powerful and inclusive.”

HEDS Alumni Survey Dashboard

This interactive dashboard allows for disaggregation of key questions from the HEDS Alumni Survey (along with the National Survey of Student Engagement) by race/ethnicity/citizenship and gender identity.

HEDS Alumni Survey results and reports

Institutions participating in the HEDS Alumni Survey receive their own results and comparative results from other institutions.  Findings provide data on the accomplishments of graduates and the long-term impact of college learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. HEDS Alumni Survey results are used at St. Olaf to support strategic planning, document the value of General Education, and inform efforts to assist students in vocational discernment and preparation for life after college.

In the Spring of 2021, the HEDS Alumni Survey was sent to graduates from the classes of 2015 and 2016, and 282 alumni (21%) responded.

2021 Summary Report

2021 Frequency Report

2018 Frequency Report

2021 Supplemental Questions: St. Olaf added questions about belonging and alumni giving and engagement to the 2021 HEDS Alumni Survey.

Report to the Board of Regents
The academic Assessment Committee prepares a report to the Board of Regents in the Fall detailing the results of surveys administered the prior year. The report linked above includes results from the 2021 HEDS Alumni Survey, as well three additional surveys administered that year, the BCSSE, NSSE, and FSSE.