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Student Affairs Survey

The Beloit College Office of Student Affairs designed and administered the Student Affairs Survey (SAS) from 1992 through 2010. An advantage of the survey was that, because it was institutionally-designed, it was able to ask questions specifically tailored to the facilities, departments, and student development goals of Beloit College. However, because the survey was only asked at Beloit College, the college was not able to compare results with other institutions, providing little context for the results.

 

Goals and Structure

The Student Affairs Survey was originally created with the goal of obtaining both bi-annual snapshots and longitudinal trends concerning the facilities, services, and student development goals of the Office of Student Affairs and the College as a whole.  In particular, the survey was initiated by then Vice President and Dean of Students William Flanagan in an attempt to gather quantitative data on student progression through the vectors of development described in Arthur Chickering's theory of psychosocial student development (1969;1993) at a time before similar questions were asked by national surveys such as the NSSE.  Results from the SAS were used in later years to inform institutional planning, such as the renovation and expansion of the Java Joint and the addition of the Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.

 

Methodology

The last version of the survey instrument was 14 pages in paper format. The survey included 245 multiple choice questions and a general comments section.  The survey had thematic sections around Academics,  Advising, Campus Activities and Programs, Campus Life, Campus Facilities and Support, Personal Growth and Development at Beloit College, Off-Campus/Outreach, and Personal Financial Management.  The items had questions based on Likert scales of agreement, frequency of activity, level of involvement, level of importance, level of satisfaction, and demographic questions.

The survey was distributed by the Office of Student Affairs through both mail and the Residential Advisers (RAs) to the target population of all degree-seeking or exchange students, both on and off-campus.  The survey was voluntary and there was no time limit for completion, except for the final tabulation deadline (typically several weeks after the initial distribution).  Students returned their survey, either directly by campus mail or via their RAs, to the IRAP office for tabulation and analysis.  Surveys were screened for completeness and obvious indications of invalidity, and were then entered into both individual and longitudinal databases. These databases formed the basis for summary reports for campus and more detailed analysis upon request. 

 

Data Availability and Limitations

Full data sets for previous Student Affairs Surveys are available dating back to 2000. Response summaries for some questions are available for as far back as the survey's inception in 1992. To request historical data from the Student Affairs Survey, please submit a data request

 

Summary results

Summary findings from 2010 Student Affairs Survey

Comparison of Student Affairs Survey findings in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010