Surveys

The Office of Institutional Research is available to conduct surveys for Baylor departments and organizations for administrative purposes.

Faculty, staff or students conducting academic research, may want to contact the Department of Statistics for Consultation Services.

Effective Fall 2014, Baylor has instituted a new Student Survey Policy.

 

Student Survey Policy Rationale

Baylor students are frequent targets for surveys administered by parties ranging from outside agencies to faculty conducting research to fellow students running opinion polls. While individually most of these surveys serve valid research or administrative purposes, in the aggregate they take time away from core academic endeavors and cause survey fatigue, eroding survey response rates and reducing the validity of results. Lack of coordination in the past has resulted in multiple/similar surveys being fielded simultaneously to the same students, creating confusion and frustration for survey administrators and respondents alike. Survey fatigue is a particular danger for members of groups which need to be oversampled (in the technical statistical sense) to make sure of a valid survey sample size for that group.

The University's regularly scheduled student surveys include a survey to entering undergraduates (New2BU), a faith and character survey (new students and seniors), a survey of enrolled undergraduates (3-year rotating cycle), a senior survey (3-year rotating cycle), an exit survey to graduate students, a campus diversity climate survey (3-year rotating cycle), and a social climate survey (3-year rotating cycle). These are administered according to the following schedule:

 

    2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28
Summer   Grad Exit Grad Exit Grad Exit Grad Exit Grad Exit Grad Exit

Fall   New 2BU New 2BU New 2BU New 2BU New 2BU New 2BU
           
Grad Exit Grad Exit Grad Exit Grad Exit Grad Exit Grad Exit
           
Faith/Character: New Students Faith/Character: New Students Faith/Character: New Students Faith/Character: New Students Faith/Character: New Students Faith/Character: New Students
           
      Campus Diversity Climate Social Climate   Campus Diversity Climate Social Climate

Spring     Senior Enrolled Students   Senior Enrolled Students
           
Grad Exit Grad Exit Grad Exit Grad Exit Grad Exit Grad Exit
           
Faith/Character: Seniors Faith/Character: Seniors Faith/Character: Seniors Faith/Character: Seniors Faith/Character: Seniors Faith/Character: Seniors

 

Approval Process for Surveying Baylor Students

Departments proposing to conduct a survey to be administered to more than 100 students should complete and submit a Survey Proposal form to the University Survey Coordination Committee (USCC) for review. Survey proposal forms can be submitted online, and in addition, a copy of the survey must be emailed to Institutional Research at jana_marak@baylor.edu. Institutional Research maintains a calendar of survey activity. It is possible that the USCC may suggest alternate survey dates in order to limit the number of active survey invitations to students.

The following links provide more information concerning the student survey process:

Procedures and Guidelines - Click here to access the survey procedures and guidelines, including exclusions to the survey policy.

Survey Proposal Form - Click here to complete the Survey Proposal form.

Survey Methodology - Click here to access resources for writing good survey questions and survey design methods.

 

Institutional Research

Institutional Research
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Waco, TX 76798-7350

(254) 710-2061