Surveys and Results

The University of La Verne is committed to collecting data and using information to assess and continuously improve the quality of teaching, learning, and services provided to students. In collaboration with the Educational Effectiveness Committee, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is charged with regularly collecting, analyzing, and disseminating survey data and results. The following lists the most regularly participated surveys in the University:

Course Evaluation Surveys

  • Sponsored Organization: University of La Verne
  • Information Summary: Embedded in the La Verne Portal, this is a web-based survey administrated to the students of every course offered by the University. It has 10 quantitative Likert-scale questions and 4 comment questions to collect student feedback on courses and faculty teaching. The results of the survey are sent to deans, department chairs, program directors, as well as individual faculty, which are in turn used for curriculum development, teaching improvement, and faculty promotions.

Click here to see a presentation given in 2007 AIR Forum on “Online and Paper Course Evaluations: Are the Response Rates and Results Different“.

Cooperative Institutional Research Programs (CIRP) Freshman Survey

  • Sponsored Organization: UCLA Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)
  • Information Summary: The University has participated in this survey for over 30 years. The survey covers a wide range of student characteristics: parental income and education, ethnicity, and other demographic items; financial aid; secondary school achievement and activities; educational and career plans; and values, attitudes, beliefs, and self-concept. Thus, it is very helpful for us to understand more completely the characteristics of entering freshman so as to develop new or modify existing programs and services accordingly (note: cited from HERI CSS web site.

College Senior Survey (CSS)

  • Sponsored Organization: UCLA Higher Education Research Institute
  • Information Summary: The re-designed College Senior Survey (CSS), formerly the College Student Survey, helps institutions respond to the need for assessment and accountability data by providing information on a broad range of student outcomes. The new name highlights the updated design and focus for this instrument as an ‘exit’ or ‘senior’ survey. The new CSS continues to offer valuable feedback on your students’ academic and campus life experiences–information that can be used for student assessment activities, accreditation and self-study reports, campus planning, and policy analysis. It also offers new feedback on students’ post-college plans immediately following graduation (note: cited from HERI CSS web site).

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

  • Sponsored Organization: Indiana University
  • Information Summary: The survey is designed to obtain information from scores of colleges and universities nationwide about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results will provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. The data can be used to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience inside and outside the classroom that can be improved through changes in policies and practices more consistent with good practices in undergraduate education. This information is also intended for use by prospective college students, their parents, college counselors, academic advisers, institutional research officers, and researchers in learning more about how students spend their time at different colleges and universities and what they gain from their experiences (note: cited from NSSE web site).