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Institutional Research Surveys

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning completes various reports and conducts several surveys. Below is a list of external and internal reports/surveys supported by Snow College along with a brief description. When possible copies of these reports are available to the public. For questions or copies of a report please contact Dr. Beckie Hermansen at 1-435-283-7346.

IRB Statement

For those individuals requesting a survey that involved student or campus personnel, you must meet Institutional Review Board requirements. These requirements protect against the unlawful and unethical use of human subjects and the privacy of individual information. IRB approval is obtained by completing the appropriate forms and submitting them for review to the Institutional Research office. Additional review is conducted Snow College's Personal Privacy Protection committee. IRB requests are recommended for approval to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Vice President of Academic Affairs approves all IRB request. Please plan at least two weeks to obtain IRB approval. Click here for additional information regarding Snow College's IRB practices and IRB forms.

Active Surveys

  • Learning Outcomes Assessment Survey--Incoming Students: This assessment focuses on incoming students' prior experiences, current understandings, and future aspirations regarding the "essential learning outcomes" of a college education. The responses will help will help Snow College faculty and staff enhance prior college learning. The instrument consists of multiple-choice and short-answer questions, with one essay question at the end. There is no time limit, but it should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. Responses are aggregated per incoming student class/cohort and compared to graduating cohorts taking a similar outcomes assessment survey.
  • School Safety Survey: In order to effectively address public school crime; administrators, staff, and teachers need an accurate understanding of the nature and extent of the problem. Often it is difficult to gauge the scope of crime and gun violence in schools given the media attention dedicated to isolated incidents of extreme school gun violence. Understanding that school safety has become a more pressing concern for school officials (administrators, staff, and teachers), Snow College's Education and Psychology departments have designed this survey to better understand the educator views on school and community violence in lieu of possessing guns in schools. Survey results will be aggregated and shared with respected education researchers in the United States to aid decision-making policies/practices about guns in public schools. Primary researchers are Richard Squire (Education Department) and Nick Marsing (Psychology Department).
  • Non-returning Student Survey: College students stop-out and drop-out of college for various reasons. This survey helps the college understand specific Snow College student stop-out and drop-out behaviors. Aggregated cohort results from the survey are used to address college policies, practices, and services in support of enrollment management and retention efforts.

External Reports

  • AAUP

    This is an external survey completed each Fall semester for the American Association of University Professors. The report contains filed for faculty rank, contract length, salary, gender, ethnicity, and tenure. Aggregate salary and benefit information are also reported on an annual basis. The AAUP research program tracks trends in higher education and produces reports on topics including faculty compensation, gender equity, and contingent faculty.
    Click here to access the AAUP Research homepage.
  • CAAP

    The Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) is the standardized, nationally normed assessment program from ACT that enables postsecondary institutions to assess, evaluate, and enhance the outcomes of their general education programs. An analysis of CAAP scores with specific GE Outcomes and Courses was completed for Snow College in October 2007
    (CAAP Summary 2007).

    The Community College Student Experiences Questionnaire is based on the work of C. Robert Pace at the Center for the Study of Evaluation at the University of California, Los Angeles. It is an instrument that can be administered to community college student populations, examining their quality of effort by measuring the extent to which curricular and extra-curricular opportunities are being effectively used and enjoyed.
    CCSEQ Summary 2006 || CCSEQ Summary 2008
  • College Board/Common Data Set

    The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student's transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers.
    Click here for the link to the site and summary reports.
  • CUPA

    CUPA stands for College and University Professors Association. CUPA-HR is the national authority on compensation surveys for higher education HR professionals. The Association publishes four annual salary surveys, plus benefits and benchmarking surveys. Click here to learn more about data collected for each survey.
    Click here to access the CUPA-HR site.

Internal Reports

  • New Freshman Survey

    This survey is administered to all new students enrolled in GNST 1010 (Start Smart). This survey has two parts. Students complete the first part of the survey after two days of pre-fall semester orientation activities/workshops. The second part of the survey is given during the October meeting of Start Smart sections. Data is complied and compared to previous years in order to provide "feedback" on college services and programs.
    || 2007 Summary || 2008 Summary
  • Student Interest Survey

    This survey is conducted during each registration period. Prior to selecting their classes, each student must answer questions regarding the focus of their studies and whether or not they have (or desire) to officially declare a major program of study.
    || Spring 2008 Summary || Fall 2008 Summary
  • High School Enrollment Trends

    This report used current literature on college enrollment trends to compare high school graduation predictions with Snow College's progressive enrollment
    (2006 Report).
  • Unemployment Rates and Enrollment

    This report compared federal, state, and local employment/unemployment rates to previous Snow College enrollments
    (2006 Report).
  • On-Line Course Offerings Report

    This report analyzed the history of on-line offerings for Snow College, highlighting areas of greatest growth and potential (Fall 2007 Report).
  • GE Outcomes Report

    This report determines how often Snow College graduates are exposed to the GE Outcomes of the college. Data compares a graduate's class history with the GE Outcomes listed on class syllabus. This report assists with Snow College's accreditation efforts.
    || 2007 Summary ||
  • CAAP Correlation

    A correlation was computed for the most recent CAAP scores and grades given in specific courses that address the CAAP general education outcomes. The CAAP correlations represent the areas of Reading, Math, and Science.
    (CAAP Correlation Report)
  • Prospective Graduate Statistical Report

    This report contains statistical information regarding the current year's graduation class.
    Class of 2008 ||
  • Non-Returning Student Phone Survey

    This report summarizes the results of the phone survey conducted among a sample of students who attending fall 2007 semester but not spring 2008 semester. The analysis is by survey question and is broken down by gender, county, and in some cases high school.
    Non-Returning Student Survey Summary ||
  • Potential Student Phone Survey

    This report summarizes the results of the phone survey conducted among a sample of potential students who applied for fall semester but never attended Snow College. The analysis is by survey question and is broken down by gender and county.
    Potential Student Survey Summary ||