HEDS Alumni Survey

About the HEDS Alumni Survey

The HEDS Alumni Survey elicits information from graduates of private 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 130 small, private, nonprofit institutions around the country that are committed to sharing and using information to more fully enact their missions and promote effective liberal arts education.

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.

Summer 2015 results

Summer 2012 results and reports

The HEDS Alumni Survey was completed in Summer 2012 by 611 St. Olaf graduates from the classes of 2007-2010 (32% of those invited to participate).  Results show that alumni evaluate their St. Olaf learning experiences and outcomes positively, and that nearly all respondents are employed, pursuing graduate education, or both.  Results also suggest specific areas where St. Olaf can strengthen its students’ preparation for life after college.

HEDS Alumni Survey 2012 questionnaire

HEDS Alumni Survey Item Results
Frequencies and mean responses of recent St. Olaf alumni to each item on the questionnaire, displayed by year of graduation.

HEDS Alumni Survey Supplemental Essay Questions Report
An analysis of responses from alumni regarding their views on speaking or writing about their abilities, values, or goals; the usefulness of their General Education courses since graduation; and their general feedback on the General Education experience at St. Olaf College.

HEDS Alumni Survey Highlighted Findings
Selected findings concerning students’ writing assignments, civic engagement, experiences with diversity, interactions with faculty, and other aspects of their undergraduate experience.

HEDS Alumni Survey Dimension Report
A comparison of St. Olaf College and peer data based upon four composite measures created by the HEDS Consortium: interactions with diversity, good teaching and high-quality interactions with faculty, challenging assignments and high faculty expectations, and development of social and civic engagement.

Topical reports that include HEDS Alumni Survey data