Survey Processes

When Assessment Title Participants What is Being Measured Frequency
Fall Semester Skyfactor Resident Assessment Residence Hall Occupants Satisfaction (student staff, programming, environment, facilities, services, room assignment, room change, safety & security, roommates, dining services, community environment); Learning (personal interactions, sense of community, diverse interactions, self-management, alcohol and drug use, sustainability, academic success) Every Year
Fall  and Spring Semester Faculty Course Evaluations All enrolled students Communication, follows syllabus, course material, assessments, grading, feedback, instructor availability, course challenge, overall instructor effectiveness Each semester for each Course
Fall Semester Skyfactor New Student Transitions Survey Traditional Freshman Students Social integration, Academic integration, Academic resiliency, Academic self-efficacy, Advanced academic behaviors, Advanced study skills, Basic academic behaviors; Commitment to the Institution, Financial means, Homesickness, Living environment, roommate relationship, & social aspects, Peer connections, Satisfaction with institution, Self-assessment: analytical, communication, self-discipline, & time management skills, Test anxiety Every Year
Spring Semester Skyfactor Staff Climate Assessment All full-time faculty and staff Perceptions: Institution, faculty, staff, students, & administration, Campus environment, Visibility, Work environment, Administrative policies, Campus safety, Sexual assault: individual response and institutional response, Personal attitudes and behaviors, Overall perceptions Every Odd Year
Spring Semester Great Colleges To Work For All full-time faculty and staff Job satisfaction/support, Teaching environment, Professional development, Compensation, benefits, & work/life balance, Facilities, Policies, resources, & efficiency, Shared governance, Pride, Supervisors/ department chairs, Senior leadership, Faculty, administration, & staff relations, Communication, Collaboration, Fairness, Respect and appreciation Every  Even Year
Spring Semester National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) All-Freshman and Seniors Academic challenge (higher-order learning, reflective and integrative learning, learning strategies, quantitative reasoning); Learning with peers (collaborative learning, discussions with diverse others); Experiences with faculty (student-faculty interaction, effective teaching practices); Campus environment (quality of interactions, supportive environment) Every Third Year (Next Administration is 2022)
Spring Semester Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) All full-time faculty Every Third Year (Next Administration is 2022)
Spring Semester Skyfactor Student Campus Climate Assessment All students taking on-campus classes Perceptions: institution, peers, faculty/staff, administration, Visibility, Personal attitudes and behaviors, Co-curricular environment, Policies, Campus accessibility, Campus safety, Sexual assault, Campus training,  Overall learning, Overall satisfaction Every Odd Year
Spring Semester RNL Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) All students taking on-campus classes Academic advising, Instructional effectiveness, Concern for the individual, Student centeredness, Campus climate, Registration effectiveness, Service excellence, Recruitment & financial aid, Campus support services, Safety & security, Campus life Every Even Year
Spring Semester RNL Priorities Survey for Online Learners (PSOL) All students taking online-only courses Enrollment services, Academic services, Instructional services, Institutional perceptions, Student services Every Even Year

Internal Survey Approval Process

All internally developed surveys administered to large audiences that include faculty, staff, parents, and students need to be reviewed each time they are administered. Surveys administered to specific classes or specific audiences (e.g. students who live in a particular residence hall) do not need to be reviewed.

If you are planning on conducting a survey for research purposes, it must be submitted and approved through the Institutional Review Board (IRB).


The process allows Peru State College to apply assessment best practices to benefit the college and the students we assess through:

  • Coordinating survey schedules.
  • Avoiding over-surveying (survey fatigue).
  • Selecting the appropriate assessment methods.
  • Applying effective instrument design techniques.
  • Improving assessment instruments.


It is recommended to have proposals submitted at least four weeks in advance in order to ensure enough time for review, edits, and marketing.

—Please note: The Director of Assessment is available for consultation if needed before beginning the process.

Step 1:   Complete Survey Approval Form and include the questions you intend to ask whether through quantitative or qualitative method.

Step 2:   Director of Assessment will email you recommendations to improve your survey.

Step 3:   If necessary you can schedule an appointment with the Director of Assessment to discuss the recommendations.

Step 4:   Revise (if necessary) and submit finalized assessment to Director of Assessment via email.

Step 5:   If there are concerns about administering the survey, the Director of Assessment will contact the appropriate VP to discuss and make an approval decision.

Step 6:   Upon final approval you may begin to administer the assessment.