Institutional Data

Washington University in St. Louis collects and analyzes institutional data about students, faculty, academic programs and faculty research to promote informed decision-making, planning and policy for university leadership.

Enrollment

Diversity counts: race / ethnicity / citizenship

Summary and detailed five year trends, Fall 2013-2017

Surveys

Washington University seeks to understand the undergraduate student experience in part by conducting a set of surveys. We survey all undergraduates in the spring of odd-numbered years, with a survey called the PULSE – Perceptions of Undergraduate Life and Student Experience.  In the spring of even-numbered years, we survey graduating seniors as they look back and their undergraduate experience and forward toward the beginning of their careers.  We survey parents of undergraduates to get their view, and we survey alumni one year out, five years out, and ten years out; both of these surveys occur less frequently, about every four years.

The survey instruments for recent administrations of these surveys can be found here:

The Washington University Doctoral Exit Survey provides graduating doctoral candidates with an opportunity to evaluate their institution, doctoral program, faculty advising and professional development and report on their plans for the future. Washington University initiated this survey during the 2013-14 academic year; doctoral candidates are surveyed when they graduate: in August, December, and May.

Diversity counts: race / ethnicity / gender

Diversity counts: race / ethnicity / gender

 

PULSE – Perceptions of Undergraduate Life and Student Experience
Population surveyed: Undergraduate students.
When conducted: Spring of odd-numbered years.
Survey instruments: PULSE Survey Instrument, 2017
PULSE Survey Instrument, 2015
PULSE Survey Instrument, 2013
For more information: Lisa Wiland, Director of Institutional Research, lisa.wiland@wustl.edu
Senior Survey
Population surveyed: Graduating seniors.
When conducted: Spring of even-numbered years.
Survey instruments: Senior Survey Instrument, 2016
Senior Survey Instrument, 2014
Senior Survey Instrument, 2012
For more information: Contact Lisa Wiland, Director of Institutional Research, lisa.wiland@wustl.edu
Parent Survey
Population surveyed: Parents of enrolled undergraduates.
When conducted: Spring of odd-numbered years.
Survey instruments: Parent Survey Instrument, 2016
Parent Survey Instrument, 2012
For more information: Contact Lisa Wiland, Director of Institutional Research, lisa.wiland@wustl.edu
Alumni Survey
Population surveyed: Alumni of WU’s undergraduate programs, usually one, five, and ten years out.
When conducted: About every four years; most recently in 2017 and 2013.
Survey instruments: Alumni Survey Instrument, Recent Graduates, 2017
Alumni Survey Instrument, 5 & 10 year, 2017
Alumni Survey Instrument, Recent Graduates, 2013
Alumni Survey Instrument, 5 & 10 year, 2013
For more information: Contact Lisa Wiland, Director of Institutional Research, lisa.wiland@wustl.edu
Doctoral Exit Survey
Population surveyed: Graduating doctoral students.
When conducted: January, May, and December
Survey instrument: Doctoral Exit Survey Instrument
For more information: Contact Lisa Wiland, Director of Institutional Research, lisa.wiland@wustl.edu
Faculty Work Life Survey
Population surveyed: Full time faculty
When conducted: About every four years, most recently in 2015 and 2011.
Survey instrument: Washington University Faculty Work Life Survey – 2015
Results: Washington University Faculty Work Life Survey reports are here
Presentations and reports published in 2011, can be found on a separate page, here
For more information: Contact Lisa Wiland, Director of Institutional Research, lisa.wiland@wustl.edu
College Prescription Drug Study
Population surveyed: Undergraduate students.
When conducted: Spring, 2018.
Survey instrument: The Prescription Drug Study 2018
For more information: Contact Amanda Hoylman, Assistant Director, Health Promotion Services, Habif Health & Wellness Center, ahoylman@wustl.edu
ECAR (EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research)
Study of Undergraduates and Technology
Population surveyed: Undergraduate students.
When conducted: In 2016; next planned for 2019.
IT Service Quality TechQual+ Survey
Population surveyed: Faculty, students, and staff.
When conducted: Alternate years; spring 2018, spring 2016.
Survey instruments: The core elements of the survey can be seen here.
Results: Results from the 2016 administration of this survey are here.
For more information: Washington University Information Technology Customer Relation Management Team, washuitcrm@wustl.edu
National College Health Assessment (NCHA)
Population surveyed: Undergraduate and graduate students.
When conducted: In 2017, and in 2013.
Survey instrument: NCHA survey instrument is here.
For more information: Cheri LeBlanc, Director of Student Health and Wellness, Habif Health & Wellness Center, cleblanc@wustl.edu
Student Technology Services
Population surveyed: Undergraduates in on-campus housing.
When conducted: Annually in the spring.
For more information: Contact Sherry Holmes, Director, Student Technology Services, sholmes@wustl.edu
Campus Climate Survey
Population surveyed: Undergraduate and graduate students.
When conducted: In 2014; planned for 2018.
History and context: History and context can be found here.
Results: Results for undergraduates are here.
Results for graduate and professional school students are here.
For more information: Contact the Center for Diversity & Inclusion: diversityandinclusion@wustl.edu .

Diversity Engagement Survey
Population surveyed: Faculty and staff on both campuses; school of medicine students, residents, fellows, and postdoctoral associates on the Medical Campus.
When conducted: In 2014 and 2017.
History and context: An advertising flyer by the vendor that created the survey is here.
Results: Some results for the Medical campus administration of the survey can be found here.
For more information: Legail Chandler, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, legail_chandler@wustl.edu
Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct
Population surveyed: Undergraduate and graduate students.
When conducted: In spring of 2015; next planned for spring 2019.
Survey instrument: The survey instrument is here.
Results: The complete report and appendices for Washington University in St. Louis is here.
The AAU page describing the survey is here.
For more information: Contact Lisa Wiland, Director of Institutional Research, lisa.wiland@wustl.edu
Residential Life Survey
Population surveyed: Undergraduates living in on-campus housing.
When conducted: Annually in the fall.
For more information: Contact Rob Wild, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, rob.wild@wustl.edu
Your Survey Here

Before you consider fielding a survey at Washington University, please ask yourself whether you should do so. Think about these questions first:

  • Have you familiarized yourself with already-available data sources at Washington University? These may include previous surveys, but also administratively collected and maintained data for students, faculty, and staff. Have you read the reports of analyses already completed on the topic area you intend to investigate? Could your goals be met by analyzing data that exists rather than starting from scratch to collect new data?
  • Can you clearly articulate what you want to find out, and what you want to do with that information? In other words, is there a decision that you are about to make that you believe you could make better if you had data? What data would inform that decision, and how?
  • Do you understand the difference between a survey that is anonymous, and a survey that is confidential? Note that these are mutually exclusive (but not exhaustive) categories – a survey cannot be both anonymous and confidential. Do you know the challenges and pitfalls of each? Which will best serve your purpose and why? How do you plan to meet the challenges presented by the approach you have chosen?
  • Do you have the resources, software, expertise, and time to analyze the data you would collect if you fielded a survey?
  • How will you report your results to the Washington University community once your analyses are complete?

 
Lisa Wiland
Director, Institutional Research & Analysis
lisa.wiland@wustl.edu
314-935-4786