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The following surveys and analyses are available through the Office of Institutional Research to monitor institutional effectiveness. They contain information that is collected by Institutional Research (either from campus databases or via questionnaires and surveys) and then analyzed, disseminated, and discussed. Many of these surveys are conducted on an annual basis, while others occur every couple of years depending on the Institutional Effectiveness Assessment Framework. Some institutional research studies are conducted only once or perhaps twice to answer a specific management question. Access to some of the following is restricted to UD faculty and/or administration.


A description of each report is provided below. For further information, please contact the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at 302.831.2021 or e-mail us at

Admitted Student Questionnaire (ASQ)

The College Board’s Admitted Student Questionnaire Plus (ASQ+) Survey is administered to better understand the college choices made by college-bound students. The student responses indicate the factors that influence student enrollment decisions the most, how the University of Delaware compares to other colleges considered by respondents, student perceptions of financial aid packages, and how students compare costs at UD versus competitor institutions.

Annual Survey of Undergraduate Charges (Tuition and Fees)

The Office of Institutional Research conducted a survey among regional institutions to gather information regarding undergraduate charges including tuition, mandatory fees, room and board from 1997 to 2015. This information is now obtained directly from institutional websites.

Associate in Arts Satisfaction Survey

The Associate in Arts (AA) Student Satisfaction Survey was administered in spring 2009 to understand AA students’ level of satisfaction with a wide range of programs, services and campus characteristics.

Campus Climate Survey – Diverse Learning Environments (DLE) Survey

This campus climate survey is part of UD’s ongoing Inclusive Excellence strategy for diversity, led by the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity (VPD), the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) and the Center for the Study of Diversity (CSD). The DLE survey was undertaken in Spring 2015 to provide information that could support ongoing efforts to impact climate, culture and institutional change at UD.

Campus Pulse Surveys

Campus Pulse Surveys are short web surveys administered to a sample of University of Delaware students. Surveys focusing on Registration, Diversity, Advising and Safety have been conducted. Please contact us with any questions.

Career Plans Survey

This report summarizes an annual survey of the employment status and educational pursuits of students who completed their degree requirements within the past year. It provides information on where students are employed, as well as average salaries for males and females at the college and departmental level. The report also presents a distribution of programs selected by those who are continuing their education full-time after college.

COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey

The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Faculty Satisfaction Survey, administered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, allows for benchmarking the experiences of UD faculty to those of colleagues at peer institutions. The survey measures a range of factors that are important to faculty, including support for research, teaching and service, the clarity of tenure and promotion processes, departmental engagement and collegiality, and shared governance.

Economic Impact Study

The 2007 Economic Impact Study was conducted to determine the economic impact that student, faculty, staff, and University expenditures have on the local community of Newark and the state of Delaware. This study replicated the Economic Impact Study conducted in 1999, and sought to examine trends of expenditures and the economic impact of the University of Delaware since that time. The Economic Impact Study was administered in November 2007 to a sample of 2,650 undergraduate and graduate students and 2,050 faculty and staff members on the Newark campus. The study was also administered to approximately 300 local businesses in the Newark area.

Employee Satisfaction Survey

The University is committed to being a good employer and to helping individuals achieve their fullest potential. In order to fulfil this goal, an Employee Satisfaction Survey has been administered to better understand the level of job satisfaction for faculty and members of the professional, salaried, and hourly staff. Employee Satisfaction Surveys were conducted in 1995 and 2006. A Campus Climate Survey was developed and administered in 2009 with assistance from the Diversity Action Council, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office for Institutional Research, as well as input from a variety of campus groups. The overall purpose of the survey was to determine how faculty, staff, and students perceive the campus working and learning environment. The survey was specifically designed to analyze how welcoming and equitable the campus is viewed, to assess behaviors respondents have experienced, and to solicit suggestions for improving the campus climate. Please contact us with any questions.

ACT Entering Student Needs Assessment Survey

During New Student Orientation the “Entering Student Needs Assessment Survey” has been administered. The purpose of this survey is to ask entering first-time freshmen for their best estimate of the amount of help they will require over the course of their academic careers in specific skill areas that are components of a college education. In the spring a follow-up survey is administered to measure to what extent the academic needs of entering students have been met. Our intention is to ascertain the extent to which the University has provided appropriate programs and services to address the needs that they specified on the Entering Student Needs Assessment Survey. The most recent survey administration of the ACT Entering Student Needs Assessment Survey took place in 2007.

Exit Survey of Graduating Students

The Office of Institutional Research has administered a series of exit web surveys to graduating undergraduate and graduate students. The exit survey is designed to capture students’ level of satisfaction with the University of Delaware and how the University has enhanced their life experiences. The most recent study is based on quantitative data derived from three exit web surveys which were conducted in Spring 2007, Spring 2008, and Spring 2009. The response rate for these surveys ranged from 20 to 30 percent. The report summarizes the primary findings of the exit web surveys with particular attention to undergraduate and graduate students as separate groups.

UD Advance Faculty Climate Survey

The UD ADVANCE Institute aims to improve faculty diversity on campus and to improve the climate for all faculty. The ADVANCE Faculty Climate Survey was designed by the ADVANCE team with the aim of gaining a better understanding of the campus climate for all full-time (FT) faculty at UD.

2018 Faculty Climate Survey – Full Report

2016 Faculty Climate Survey – Executive Summary | Full Report

Faculty Work-Life Survey

This report summarizes the results of the Faculty Work-Life Survey conducted in April 2014. The survey was distributed to all full-time CNTT and tenure/tenure-track (T/TT) faculty over a three week period.

2014 Faculty Work-Life Survey – Executive Summary | Full Report

gradSERU Graduate Student Experience in the Research University

The gradSERU Survey is a comprehensive, longitudinal study initiated by the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) and the University of Minnesota’s Office of Institutional Research to help answer questions about the potential relationship between graduate education experiences, program characteristics, and development outcomes of Masters and doctoral students at the leading research universities across the globe. The intention of the gradSERU Survey is to examine how differences in the graduate/professional education experiences of students relate to their intellectual, emotional, ethical, professional, and psychosocial development. UD’s Institutional Research collaborated with Graduate and Professional Education to administer gradSERU for the first time in spring 2017. The Profile Report details the survey administration and the Core Report details the survey results.

Graduate Student Survey

During the 2008-2009 academic year, the Office of Graduate and Professional Education, the Graduate Student Senate, and the Office of Institutional Research developed the Graduate Student Survey. The survey was administered by the Office of Institutional Research in Spring 2009. The goal of the survey is to better understand the needs and expectations of UD full-time graduate students and their level of satisfaction with graduate education at the University. The survey includes sections on primary advisor, faculty, resources, benefits, facilities and services, as well as a series of open-ended questions in which respondents could address other concerns and issues.

National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE)

The University of Delaware Campus Voting Report 2015 contains students’ registration and voting rates, a “yield” (the percent of registered student voters who actually voted), and voting rates broken down by student attributes and fields of study/class level. It also includes information about voting methods when available.

See also:

A snapshot comparing UD students’ 2016 and 2018 election participations.
A report comparing UD students’ 2014 and 2018 election participations.
A report comparing UD students’ 2012 and 2014 election participations.
A report comparing UD students’ 2012 and 2016 election participations.
A report comparing UD students’ 2014 election participation with similar institutions.

National Survey of Student Engagement *** Authorized Access Only ***

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a national data collection directed at measuring the extent to which students are engaged with faculty, with each other, and with their studies. It examines the extent to which they read and write, make use of technology, and engage in a broad range of learning activities. NSSE is typically administered to freshmen and seniors at a college or university to assess differences in level of engagement between first year and fourth year students.  NSSE has been administered every three years since 2005.

Oklahoma Salary Survey

A comparison of average faculty salaries by academic rank and by discipline, for faculty at the University of Delaware and at those Land Grant Universities across the nation which participate in the Oklahoma Salary Survey. Reports, which date from 1990 to the present, are available for reference in the Office of Institutional Research.

Sexual Misconduct Survey

Spring 2016 Sexual Misconduct Report from the DLE Survey: The Diverse Learning Environments survey (UCLA_HERC) was conducted in spring 2016. A subsection of that survey requests reports on experiences of unwanted sexual contact and of sexual assault. That section was separately analyzed and reported to the Office of Equity and Inclusion as part of the ongoing monitoring of the University sexual misconduct and gender based violence intervention efforts.

Spring 2015 Sexual Misconduct Survey: The UD Sexual Misconduct Survey was developed collaboratively by the data collection subcommittee of the Faculty Senate Commission on Sexual Harassment and Assault, Institutional Research and Effectiveness and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.  The survey was administered by the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness in Spring 2015.  The subsequent report detailing findings from the survey is structured around four major content areas: (1) student experiences with unwanted sexual contact, sexual assault, and rape; (2) perceptions of the university response to incidents of sexual misconduct; (3) student knowledge and education about sexual misconduct; (4) student perceptions about the campus climate as it relates to sexual misconduct.

Undergraduate Satisfaction Survey

The Office of Institutional Research regularly administers a satisfaction survey to undergraduate students. The ACT Survey of Student Opinions was administered in 2002 and 2006. During the spring 2009 semester the Office of Institutional Research administered a “home-grown” Undergraduate Student Satisfaction Survey to a sample of students in an effort to learn more about student opinion on a wide range of University programs, services and campus characteristics.