Institutional Surveys

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The Office of Institutional Research is responsible for administering official institutional surveys to admitted students, current students, and graduates on a regular basis.  This information is benchmarked internally and, where possible, against the results of peer institutions.  The instruments include both nationally normed instruments and internally-created instruments. 

Our office strives to ensure the utmost ethical and research standards in the creation, analysis, and publication of survey results.  Findings based on surveys administered by our office will be reported in campus emails and on our in aggregated form, ensuring the confidentiality of all individual responses while maintaining transparency and providing opportunity for exploration and feedback.

Annual Survey Calendar

In 2014-15 academic year the UW Bothell Office of IR has been piloting a series of internal surveys that will make up the campuses' official Survey Calendar.  This strategy is intended to focus development and response recruitment efforts to a core group of surveys that are pulled into decision-making processes, and to insure that the same groups of students are not surveyed in rapid succession about the same set of topic.  We actively welcome feedback on these   The core surveys are listed below, along with their focus.  Clicking on the survey title will take you to the most recent information on the survey, including current and historical results where available.

  1. Admitted Student Questionnaire  (Summer) Administered annually to all admitted students; focus on acceptance decision
  2. New Student First Quarter Survey (Autumn)  Administered annually to new 1st-years and transfers; focus on retention
  3. Strategic Priority All-Student Survey (Winter) Administered annually to all students with a rotating thematic focus on a campus strategic priority. 2015 Topic: Diversity and Inclusion at UW Bothell
  4. First Year/Senior Engagement Survey (Spring) Administered every 3-4 years to first-year students and seniors; focus on campus engagement, experiences, and satisfaction over the course of the preceding year.
  5. Graduation Survey (Spring) Administered annually to all graduating Bachelor’s and Master’s students; focus on overall usage of student services, overall satisfaction, and post-graduation plans
  6. One-Year-Out Survey of Alumni (Spring) Administered every-other-year in collaboration with the UW Office of Educational Assessment to students who graduated the previous academic year; focus on current career outcomes and their connection to their student experience at UW Bothell.

As we move our survey calendar from the pilot phase to a more permanent form, our focus will be on:

  • Engaging additional campus partners in the design and analysis stages
  • Aligning existing and new questions with campus priorities
  • Drawing on additional data sources, including focus groups and campus data
  • Increasing survey response rates
  • Communicating results quickly and transparently
  • Using key findings to inform campus and unit-level decision making

We welcome feedback and participation from faculty, staff, and students as we move forward.


In addition to the surveys on our official survey calendar, the Office of Institutional Research occasionally administers brief, targeted surveys used to inform pressing institutional questions.  Recent examples and results are listed below.

Ad Hoc Surveys

Course Offering Survey: The Course Offering Survey sought to gather student input the potential for additional course offerings in new and underutilized as well as through online and hybrid formats.  Hybrid and online offerings received the highest number of positive responses, followed by Friday afternoon and 8-10 PM M/W or T/Th time blocks.

Other Results and Summaries from Multiple Campus Surveys

The University of Washington Board of Regents recently asked our campus to share summary survey results on student satisfaction.  The summary brief provided to the Regents can be accessed here.