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 Results Audience Format Frequency Implementation Timeframe Results and Report Availability
Institutional
Dashboard of Institutional Performance A visual display summarizing key institutional performance indicators and targets SMU, Board of Regents Electronic Monthly Monthly Mid month
Course and Faculty Evaluations (summative) Student evaluation of course and the instructor

Deans, Program Chairs, Directors and Course Managers

Online Semester September-January (Fall), January-April (Spring), May-August (Summer) End of semester, mid semester
Course and Faculty feedback (formative)  Ongoing student feedback during the course Instructor Online Continuous Course length Immediate for instructor
SMU Faculty and Staff Services and Resources Survey (Faculty and Staff 0.5 FTE and above)

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

SMU Online Every two years March-April May
SMU Student Campus Services and Resources Survey (all enrolled students) 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
SMU Online Every two years March-April May
Alumni Survey (Graduates of SMU 1 and 5 years back) Employment conditions of SMU graduates
Professional competencies
Satisfaction with SMU experience
SMU Online and Paper Annual May-August October
Employer Survey (Employees of SMU graduates who graduated 1 and 5 years back) Employer satisfaction with Alumni performance
Employer ratings of SMU graduates' professional competencies
SMU Online and 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
Student Enrollment Census Data Produce University's common data set SMU/Public (summarized) 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 SMU Online Annual November January
Entering Students’ Survey (new students) Assess satisfaction with the admission process, financial aid process and reasons for coming to SMU Academic programs, Admissions, Financial Aid Office Online Beginning of each academic semester During or around orientation One month later
Predictive Analytics for Student Success Identify at risk students for academic failure Academic programs, academic support services Electronic TBD TBD TBD
Student Success Measures Report on student and programmatic success  SMU Electronic Biannually Continuous January- February and August-September
Climate Survey (all enrolled students and active employees) Comprehensive assessment of campus and classroom climate, diversity and inclusion initiatives SMU Electronic Proposed every 5 years TBD TBD (last conducted in 2013)
Department level assessment of services, resources and outcomes Inform  Academic and non-academic departments Electronic/Paper Continuous Continuous Varies
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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