Student Surveys

Institutional Research and Assessment conducts student surveys to assess learning gains, gauge levels of student satisfaction, and identify strengths and areas of improvement in academics and student support services.

New Student Survey

Evergreen administers a New Student Survey to new first-year students and undergraduate transfer students every other year.

The survey is used to:

  • Study students' future goals after college and their level of confidence in their ability to succeed at Evergreen and obtain the education that they want.
  • Study student perceptions of their own skills and knowledge, which provide a baseline for measuring learning progress later in their Evergreen experience.
  • Study reasons students chose to attend Evergreen in order to understand the match between Evergreen's academic offerings and services and the students who attend.
  • Gather demographic information that is not available through other means, such as college records. This information is useful for understanding students' backgrounds and responding to student needs and changing demographics.

The survey is integrated with the Evergreen Student Experience Survey and Alumni surveys to provide for longitudinal research exploring student retention, student connection to the Evergreen learning community and learning progress.

The Evergreen New Student Survey was administered in 2020 to all new students entering Fall Quarter 2020. The response rate was 56% for Olympia first-time, first-year students and 46% for Olympia transfers.

Student Experience Survey

A Student Experience Survey is administered by Evergreen every other Spring Quarter to a sample of undergraduate students. The survey was designed to provide longitudinal data in conjunction with the Evergreen New Student Survey and Evergreen alumni surveys.

This survey provides information about:

  • Satisfaction with Evergreen's learning environment
  • Learning growth in various skill areas
  • Goals for their college experience
  • Level of confidence
  • Utilization of campus resources and participation in community activities

The most recent Student Experience Survey took place during Spring Quarter 2021:

Disaggregation of Results by Demographic Subgroup

Select survey results disaggregated by demographic subgroup. Demographic subgroups may include first-generation, low income, race/ethnicity, sex, gender identity, students with disabilities, age, veterans, gender-nonconforming students, and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or queer.

National Survey of Student Engagement 

This survey assess the extent to which first-year and senior students engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development.

Engagement indicators include:

  • Collaborative learning
  • Discussions with diverse others
  • Effective teaching practices
  • Higher-order learning
  • Learning strategies
  • Quality of interactions
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Reflective and integrative learning
  • Student-faculty interaction
  • Supportive environment

2022 Results