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, Departmental, Regulatory, or External) to explore our practices, or download the table.

Samuel Merritt University Evaluation Cycles and Data Collection Tools/Processes
Data Collection Tool/ProcessPurpose of EvaluationAudienceFormatFrequencyImplementation TimeframeResults and Report Availability
Dashboard of Institutional PerformanceA visual display conveying at a glance a summary of the most important information about SMU's performanceSMUElectronicMonthlyMonthlyMid month
Course and Faculty EvaluationsStudent evaluation of a course and the instructorStudents enrolled in a particular courseOnline and Paper (in class)SemesterSeptember-January (Fall), January-April (Spring), May-August (Summer)End of semester, mid semester
SMU Faculty and Staff Services and Resources SurveyMeasure employee satisfaction with -
Offices, Services and Resources
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)OnlineEvery two yearsJanuary-FebruaryMarch
SMU Student Campus Services and Resources SurveyMeasure 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 1Online and Paper (in class)Every two yearsMarch-AprilMay
Alumni SurveyEmployment conditions of SMU graduates
Professional competencies
Satisfaction with SMU experience
Graduates of SMU 1,3 and 5 years backOnline and PaperAnnualMay-AugustOctober
Employer SurveyEmployer satisfaction with Alumni performance
Employer ratings of SMU graduates' professional competencies
Employees of SMU graduates who graduated 1,3 and 5 years backPaperAnnualMay-AugustOctober
Diversity and Inclusion SurveyCampus climate, diversityAll students, faculty and staff (one for each group, 3 surveys total)OnlineTBDTBDTBD
Fact BookReport Comprehensive University FactsSMU/PublicElectronic and PaperAnnualAnnuallyDecember
Fact SheetReport Summarized University FactsSMU/PublicElectronic and PaperAnnualAnnuallyJune
Enrollment Census DataProduce University's common data setSMU/PublicElectronicSemesterFall, Spring, and SummerBased on academic calendars
EOW (Experience of Work) SurveyAssess work conditions, build employee engagement, identify priorities for improvement, benchmark and track progress over timeFaculty and Staff (0.5 FTE and above)Online and by phoneAnnualNovemberJanuary
Survey of Admitted Applicants who did not enrollReasons for not enrollingAll admitted students who chose not to enrollOnlineSuspended for 2013-2014January-DecemberJanuary
Entering Students SurveyAssess admission and registration experience
Improve SMU services to students
Determine which sources of information are most useful to students' decisions to apply to SMU
Main reasons for choosing SMU
Newly enrolled studentsPaperFall - All Programs, Spring - ABSN, BSN and MSN-EL (Sacramento), Summer - ABSNFall, Spring and SummerFall - October
Spring - February
Summer - June
Program exit surveysSurvey preparedness of exiting studentsGraduating studentsOnlineAnnualAs requiredAs required
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys for National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)Mandatory reporting of University FactsNCESOnlineAnnualSeptember-October (Fall), December-January (Winter), March-April (Spring)IPEDS Feedback Report available in June
WASC Annual ReportMandatory reporting of University FactsWASC Annual  
(please contact IR for complete list of external surveys)
Peterson's Annual Survey of Undergraduate InstitutionsReport University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualJanuary 
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)Report University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualFebruary 
Peterson's Annual Survey of Graduate and Professional InstitutionsReport University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualMarch 
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Annual Financial Benchmarking SurveyReport University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualJune 
Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) Enrollment SurveyReport University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualJune 
Peterson's Interim Update of Undergraduate InstitutionsReport University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualAugust 
Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP)Report University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualSeptember 
California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC)Report University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualOctober 
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)Report University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualOctober 
Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT)Report University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualOctober 
College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) SurveyReport University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualNovember 
Peterson's Nursing Schools Online SurveyReport University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualNovember 
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)Report University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualNovember 
Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Survey - Pre-Licensure Programs SurveyReport University FactsRequesting agencyOnlineAnnualNovember