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Surveys at Linfield

The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) supports the use of data to inform decision-making, planning, and assessment. Collecting that critical data includes conducting surveys of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni that make up the Linfield community. When possible, OIR may also support other offices conducting surveys.

Surveys scheduled for 2023-2024 (subject to change)

  • Thriving Quotient Survey (Moving the Needle Project), February/March 2024, all degree-seeking students, all Linfield locations.

Note: Originally, the HEDS Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey was scheduled for 2023-24; however, we are deferring it until later, in part due to the presidential transition and to pending state regulation that may require a different survey. We will probably conduct the survey in 2024-25, but the schedule has not yet been finalized.


Surveys conducted in 2022-2023

  • Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement, August/September 2022, incoming new students, McMinnville Campus
  • Dining Services, October 17-29, 2022, McMinnville Campus students (conducted by Sodexo)
  • Pathways to Student Success (Moving the Needle Project), November, 2022, all degree-seeking students, all Linfield locations
  • National Survey of Student Engagement, March 2023, first years and seniors, all LInfield locations
  • Faculty Survey (UCLA HERI), April 2023, all Linfield locations
  • National College Health Assessment (American College Health Association), April/May 2023, a sample of all students (conducted by Student Health, Wellness and Counseling)
  • Equity in Athletics Survey, May 2023, intercollegiate athletes and coaches (conducted by Athletic Director's office).
  • First Destination After Linfield Survey, May 2023, recent and soon-to-be graduates, both undergraduate and graduate, 

Is a survey the best option? 

Large-scale surveys of the Linfield community should only be conducted if they meet an identified institutional academic or administrative need and support the institutional mission. Students, in particular, receive many surveys, so it is important to carefully review existing data and other data gathering options before sending surveys to them. Any surveys that go forward should be scheduled carefully to avoid any one population receiving multiple surveys at the same time.

If you are considering conducting a large-scale survey, please contact the Office of Institutional Research (or complete a request for Linfield data) to have a conversation about alternatives. The information of interest may have already been collected in an existing survey or can be obtained through other means.

If a survey is the best alternative, approval from a Linfield Vice President or the Institutional Review Board may be required to proceed.

Other Recently Conducted Surveys

  • Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory/Priorities for Online Learners, April 2022, all students.
  • Measuring Information Services Outcomes (MISO), March 2022, for all students, faculty, and staff (conducted by the Linfield Libraries).
  • HEDS Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey
    • All students, faculty, and staff.
    • February-March 2021.
    • Goal: Understand how current students, faculty, and staff perceive Linfield’s climate and the level of support for diversity and equity and whether and how often community members experience discrimination or harassment.
  • HEDS COVID-19 Fall Student Survey (View COVID19 Survey Results)
    • All students.
    • September 2020.
    • Goal: Fall check-in on how students are adapting to COVID-19 and perceptions of safety, satisfaction with the academic environment, and opportunities to to engage with other students and support services.

Typical Survey Cycle

  • Surveys conducted every 3 years unless otherwise noted.
  • National Survey of Student Engagement / Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement.
    • Who receives the survey? First year students and seniors.
    • Last conducted in 2023
    • Recent prior years: 2020, 2017, 2014, 2011
  • Campus Climate Survey
    • Who receives the survey? All students (McMinnville, Portland, and OCE), faculty, and staff.
    • Last conducted in 2021 (first time)
  • UCLA Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Faculty Survey.
    • Faculty
    • Last conducted in 2023. Will be conducted every 6 years going forward.
    • Recent prior years: 2020, 2017, 2014.
  • First Destination After Linfield Survey
    • Who receives the survey? All those who have completed a degree (or anticipate completing a degree) in the current academic year.
    • Conducted annually in April/May/June.
    • Last conducted in 2023.
    • A Linfield-developed instrument through 2019. HEDS First Destination Survey in 2020 (subsequently discontinued). 2021 and forward - a Linfield adapted version of the First Destination Survey.

Other (ad hoc) surveys

Other ad hoc surveys conducted within the last 5 years: Equity in Athletics, 2017 (conducted by the Athletics Department); HEDS Research Practices, 2017 (conducted by Linfield library staff in partnership with the Office of Institutional Research); Measuring Information Services Outcomes (MISO), 2022 (conducted by the Linfield Libraries); and Campus Climate and Free Speech, 2017 (conducted by Academic Affairs).

Retired from the current survey cycle

Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory / Priorities survey for online learners.

This survey was last conducted in 2022 (prior years: 2019, 2016, 2013, and 2010). All students (McMinnville, Portland, and OCE) were surveyed. This survey has been replaced by the campus climate survey.