Survey Research

The Office of Institutional Research, under the Division of Institutional Effectiveness (IE), serves as the campus-wide clearinghouse for institutional administrative surveys. More specifically, IE will approve and schedule all institutional Surveyadministrative survey disseminations for Augusta University, Augusta University Medical Center, and Augusta University Medical Associates of Augusta University to prevent survey fatigue and maximize response rates. 

IR consults with units across AU regarding institutional administrative survey design and administration, including wording of questions, survey length, data collection methodology, target audience selection, and data analyses.

Institutional Administrative Surveys are internally initiated assessments that collect data from a super-set audience across Augusta University, Augusta University Health System, and/or Augusta University Medical Associates (which includes faculty, staff, and students) to support planning and decision-making directly related to strategic priorities, unit plans, and accreditation efforts.

Given the high volume of survey requests, it is IE's responsibility:

  • To provide the requestor with alternative data collection methods if appropriate (e.g., Wufoo or Google forms instead of Qualtrics)
  • To streamline the survey process, which can mean consolidating similar surveys (i.e., similar audience, data, and/or timeframe)
  • To establish an appropriate timeline to administer the survey depending on its scale and target population
  • To ensure that the survey is directly associated with measure(s) in the unit's annual unit plan
  • To provide units with resources to manage the survey in the long-term to meet continuous improvement efforts


Survey Request Form

 If you are an employee from an administrative unit, clinic, medical center department, or college wishing to administer a survey that solicits input from other members or prospective members of Augusta University at a super-set population level(e.g., all Freshman students - not Freshmen students in a particular class; same for faculty, staff, and alumni), you should obtain permission from your supervisor and the responsible senior leaders for the target population, then by IE. Please complete a survey request form to initiate this process. 


Before submitting a survey request form, it is highly recommended that you review this brief Institutional Administrative Survey Guide. The guide covers:

Experience IconThe process the requestor will experience with IR

Best Practices IconBest practices for survey design checklist

Lickert Example IconExamples of Likert and frequency scales

Population IconLinks to population sample calculators


Student Engagement Surveys

Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) is an annual, national survey administered by Indiana University to incoming freshmen to measure expectations of student engagement. 







National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is an annual, national survey administered by Indiana University to hundreds of four-year institutions assessing freshmen and senior student engagement. 2014 was the first year Augusta University [GRU] participated in NSSE. 







 Graduation Exit Survey assesses undergraduate and graduate level students who are finishing their programs on their post-graduation.










  • Qualtrics University - Qualtrics University is a training website to learn the survey system.
  • Questionnaire Survey Research - This guide outlines the basic procedure of survey research, and is sponsored by the Association of Institutional Research.