The following alphabetical list includes information about surveys administered to students through the IE&A office. For information about all large-scale surveys administered to students in recent years, please visit our survey database.
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.
COVID-19 Pandemic Surveys (HEDS) – log-in required
National College Health Assessment (NCHA)
A questionnaire that asks students a wide variety of questions related to their health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. These areas include: alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; sexual health; weight, nutrition, and exercise; mental health; and personal safety and violence. Administered to all students.
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.
Returning Students Survey (HEDS)
A survey designed by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium to remind students about what they hope to achieve in college and strategies for achieving those goals during the COVID-19 pandemic, with options to share responses with staff and faculty to facilitate discussion. Administered in the summer of 2020 to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey (HEDS)
A survey designed and administered by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium that asks asks students about their perceptions of their campus’s climate for unwanted sexual contact and sexual assault; their perceptions of how their institution responds to sexual assaults; and whether and how often they have experienced unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault. Administered to all students. The results of this survey are hosted on the St. Olaf Title IX website.
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.