Surveys and Studies Organized by Campus Groups

Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP)

Berea College first-year and transfer students are asked to complete the CIRP Entering Survey every other year beginning in Fall 2002. The survey assesses basic demographic characteristics, expectations of the college experience, secondary school experiences, degree goals and career plans, college finances, attitudes, values, and life goals, and reasons for attending college. (Go to Archived Reports.)

Berea-Specific Entering Students' Survey

Berea College first-year and transfer students are asked to complete a comprehensive questionnaire that assesses basic demographics, educational goals and needs, reasons for attending the College, and ratings of core values.


National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Berea students have participated in NSSE five times (Spring terms 2003, 2007, 2010, 2014, and 2019). The report below includes national reports from NSSE, comparisons between the four administrations and comparisons between Berea and peer institutions. (Go to Archived Reports.)

Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI)

Berea students participated in the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) in 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 and most recently in 2018. The Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory was used along with a Berea-specific survey to assess a wide array of areas on campus. In general, satisfaction ratings have risen in most all areas covered. (Go to Archived Reports.)

National College Health Assessment (NCHA)

The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) was created by the American College Health Association (ACHA) to track changes in health issues confronting college students. Berea has administered the survey four times (Spring 2006, Fall 2008, Spring 2010, and Spring 2016). The survey data allows the ACHA and participating institutions to identify factors affecting academic performance, characterize the health of the nation’s students, and develop means to address concerns, ultimately improving the health and welfare of college students.

Berea-Specific Graduating Senior Survey

Berea College graduating seniors are asked to complete a comprehensive questionnaire (a national instrument was used until Academic Year 2012-13) that assesses basic demographics, importance of and progress toward attainment of college outcomes, personal growth and college contribution of areas, satisfaction, and ratings of core values.

Career Develoment and Intership Trend Report

Addition to Graduation Seniors Survey beginning in 2012-13

Berea-Specific Alumni Survey

Berea College graduates from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s responded to a short online survey (in Spring 2010) aimed at collecting information about their continuing education and current employment. The survey also asked graduates to describe how their college education has affected their lives.

ACT Alumni Outcomes Survey

In Fall 2010, the Work Colleges Consortium in collaboration with ACT administered the Alumni Outcomes Survey online to Work College graduates from 1992-93 through 2006-07. This online survey was aimed at collecting information about their continuing education, current employment, educational outcome and experiences, and work program experiences specifically.

HEDS Research Practices Survey

Students enrolled in GSTR 110 courses in the Fall 2010 were asked to participate in the HEDS Research Practices Survey online.  This survey explores the experiences and opinions of college students concerning academic research. Its purposes are to (1) study students’ research habits, (2) use these findings to improve the ways we help students develop their research skills, and (3) determine what changes occur in research abilities as students progress through their academic careers.

    There are no current reports.  (Go to Archived Reports.)

Health and Wellness

The Work Colleges Consortium Research Group created a survey aimed at understanding students’ wellness issues from the point of view of Labor Supervisors.  The survey was conducted in the spring term 2013.

HERI Faculty Survey

Berea’s teaching faculty have participated in a national survey which is constructed and administered by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI).  The survey is designed to assess faculty members’ attitudes, experiences, concerns, job satisfaction, workload, teaching practices, and professional activities.  Berea has participated in 1989, 2004, and most recently in 2014.

Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE)

Berea faculty participated in the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) in Spring 2014. In addition, Berea students participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) in Spring 2014 with many items that correspond to the FSSE.

Wellness Wants and Needs Survey

The survey was sent on behalf of the Wellness Planning Team and its purpose was to gather ideas and set priorities for health and wellness programming and activities. The survey was sent to all Berea College faculty, staff, and students in Spring 2013.