Dean of the Faculty

Student Surveys & Reports

The following surveys have been administered at Southwestern University and the subsequent reports are available on this page. As new reports become available, they will be added to the list.


ACT Student Opinion Survey

Explores enrolled students satisfaction with programs, services, and other aspects of their college experience

CIRP Freshman Survey

The freshman survey instrument helps institutions assess trends in the characteristics, attitudes, values, and aspirations of their entering freshmen.

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)

The goal of the CLA project is not to measure changes in individual students, but rather to learn more about programmatic features that correlate with “institutional effects” associated with larger than expected gains in students’ analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and writing skills. Testing is currently being conducted and results will be posted when they are received.

CORE Drug and Alcohol Survey

The survey assesses the nature, scope, and consequences of alcohol and other drug use on college campuses.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES, is a system of surveys designed to collect data from all primary providers of postsecondary education.

IPEDS College Opportunities On-line (COOL)

The IPEDS College Opportunities On-line (COOL) presents data on institution prices, financial aid, enrollment, and type of programs that are offered by the institution. IPEDS COOL is designed to help college students, future students, and their parents understand the differences between colleges and how much it costs to attend college.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The survey measures five areas that are associated with high levels of learning and development: level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment. It is given annually to first-year students and seniors.

Southwestern University has participated in the study since 2001. Recent results show that Southwestern is in the top 10 percent of schools nationally in the areas of student-faculty interaction and enriching educational experiences. It also ranks above institutions in its peer group in the other three areas.