To take a survey
IAS can provide direct support (question writing, web programming, administration and analysis) for a limited number of surveys from University offices and departments. Please contact IAS for more information or to request survey support.
The 2012 SERU (Student Experience in the Research University) Survey results are here.
And, we are getting ready for The 2013 SERU Survey.
If you are here to take a survey, please read the important information contained in the section below, then click on the appropriate survey link. Remember, you must have your respondent key in order to gain access to the survey.
The purpose of Institutional Assessment and Studies surveys is to assess the quality of undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Virginia. By completing a questionnaire, you will provide important information that will help the University identify ways in which it is succeeding and areas in which it might improve.
We can assure you of complete confidentiality as long as you do not include identifying information in your written responses to survey questions. Some survey items may ask you to provide written explanations or comments. Please do not identify yourself in these written responses and do not offer such potentially revealing information as, "Being the only female graduate student in the department of..." Our process is designed to protect your confidentiality. Your name and any identifying information will not be stored with your answers and will not be used in any reports or publications that result from the survey.
We do, however, use your identifying information while "fielding" the survey and compiling the data file for analysis. We keep track of who has responded (for email reminders) by using the respondent key that you were given. In some cases, we may connect information from the University's databases (e.g., demographic information) to survey responses. Once the field period has ended and the final data file for analysis is created, we strip all respondent keys from the survey responses. This assures confidentiality as long as you have not identified yourself in text comments.
What happens to my responses?
All survey data is compiled into a database and then a report of results is generated. These reports contain summaries of the data and are reviewed by University officials to evaluate programs and services. Some reports are available on-line and are can be browsed by subject, title, or year.
Can I get a copy of the results?
All reports are sent to the office for which the survey was conducted as soon as possible after the field period ends. The field period is generally six weeks and tabulation of the results takes an additional 6 to 8 weeks. Survey results are often viewable online and can be accessed from the top navigation bar. You may contact Institutional Assessment and Studies through the data support page if you have further questions.