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Survey Research


Survey data provides a snapshot of the behaviors, attitudes, and experiences of Biola students and faculty. The Office of Educational Effectiveness facilitates a comprehensive survey schedule to track students’ academic and co-curricular development throughout their time at Biola. Summary survey results are available to the Biola community online. Different survey instruments are used in rotation to enhance the reliability of the findings.

Survey Calendar

View the Survey Calendar (2018–2023).

Overview of Surveys

Recently Administered Surveys

  • CIRP Freshman Survey (2011–2019)
  • College Student Survey (2012, 2014 & 2017)
  • Diverse Learning Environments (2015)
  • NSSE: National Survey of Student Engagement (2013, 2015 & 2018)
  • FSSE: Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (2015 & 2018)

Survey Descriptions

  • CIRP/HERI Surveys
    • For over 50 years, the CIRP Freshman Survey (TFS) has provided data on incoming college students’ background characteristics, high school experiences, attitudes, behaviors, and expectations for college. Designed for administration to incoming first-year students before they start classes at your institution, the data serves as a snapshot of what incoming students are like before they experience college. Key sections of the survey examine academic preparedness, expectations of college, values and goals, demographic characteristics, admissions decisions and concerns about financing college (
    • The College Senior Survey, administered to graduating seniors during their final semester at Biola, serves as a companion post-test to the CIRP Freshman Survey, providing longitudinal data on the students’ college experience. Rooted in Astin’s (1993) input-environment-outcomes model for determining the impact of college, paired data from the surveys allows institutions to measure how the college environment has impacted students by controlling for their first-year characteristics (
    • Summary findings:
      • CIRP Freshman Survey 2018 Summary Infographic
      • CIRP Freshman Survey 2014–2018 Longitudinal Report — Executive Summary
      • College Senior Survey 2018 Summary Infographic
      • College Senior Survey 2014–2017 Longitudinal Report — Executive summary
    • The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) asks first-year and senior students about the nature and quality of their undergraduate experience. NSSE measures the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices that are empirically linked with learning, personal development, and other desired outcomes such as persistence, satisfaction, and graduation. NSSE has been administered since 2000 and has been used at over 1,500 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada (
    • A companion to NSSE, the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) asks instructional staff to share their perceptions of how often students engage in different activities that impact their learning, the importance that they as instructors place on various learning activities, how often they meet with students and how they organize their time, both inside and outside of the classroom ( When paired, the NSSE and FSSE provide rich insight into gaps between student and faculty perceptions and experiences, suggesting areas worthy of institutional emphasis.
    • Summary findings:
      • NSSE 2015 Snapshot
      • NSSE 2018 Snapshot
      • FSSE 2015 Snapshot
      • FSSE 2018 Snapshot
      • NSSE/FSSE 2018 Executive Summary

Survey Research Report Requests

  • Research Reports
  • Custom Reports
    • To support the work of assessment, the Office of Educational Effectiveness will occasionally provide academic and co-curricular departments with custom reports of survey data. To request a custom report, please complete the Survey Data Report Request Form. If you are wondering if a custom report might benefit your department, please contact the Office of Educational Effectiveness for a consultation.