Samuel Merritt University Evaluation Cycles and Data Collection Tools/Processes

SMU conducts and participates in a range of surveys and evaluations. Click the section titles below (Institutional or Regulatory) to explore our practices, or download the table.

Samuel Merritt University Evaluation Cycles and Data Collection Tools/Processes
Data Collection Tool/Process Purpose of Evaluation Audience Format Frequency Implementation Timeframe Results and Report Availability
Institutional
Dashboard of Institutional Performance A visual display conveying at a glance a summary of the most important information about SMU's performance SMU Electronic Monthly Monthly Mid month
Course and Faculty Evaluations Student evaluation of a course and the instructor Students enrolled in a particular course Online Semester September-January (Fall), January-April (Spring), May-August (Summer) End of semester, mid semester
SMU Faculty and Staff Services and Resources Survey Measure employee satisfaction with -
Offices, Services and Resources
Leadership
Provide qualitative data to support satisfaction measures
Provide data for self evaluation, improvement and strategic planning at institutional, program, and department level
Faculty and Staff (0.5 FTE and above) Online Every two years March-April May
SMU Student Campus Services and Resources Survey Measure student satisfaction with -
Academic experience
Offices, Services and Resources
Learning achievement
Provide qualitative data to support satisfaction measures
Provide data for self evaluation, improvement and strategic planning at institutional, program, and department level
All enrolled students as of March 1 Online Every two years March-April May
Alumni Survey Employment conditions of SMU graduates
Professional competencies
Satisfaction with SMU experience
Graduates of SMU 1 and 5 years back Online and Paper Annual May-August October
Employer Survey Employer satisfaction with Alumni performance
Employer ratings of SMU graduates' professional competencies
Employees of SMU graduates who graduated 1 and 5 years back Paper Annual May-August October
Fact Book Report Comprehensive University Facts SMU/Public Electronic Annual Annually December
Fact Sheet Report Summarized University Facts SMU/Public Electronic and Paper Annual Annually July
Enrollment Census Data Produce University's common data set SMU/Public Electronic Semester Fall, Spring, and Summer Based on academic calendars
EOW (Experience of Work) Survey Assess work conditions, build employee engagement, identify priorities for improvement, benchmark and track progress over time Faculty and Staff (0.5 FTE and above) Online Annual November January
Regulatory
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys for National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) Mandatory reporting of University Facts NCES Online Annual September-October (Fall), December-January (Winter), March-April (Spring) IPEDS Feedback Report available in June
WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Annual Report Mandatory reporting of University Facts WSCUC Online Annual April-May  

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