Kenyon alumni/ae are invited to participate in both general surveys about Kenyon and surveys focused on department specific experiences, the results of which are then incorporated into departmental reviews.
In order to prevent survey fatigue among alums, Kenyon strives to contact an individual alumnus/a with survey invitations no more than twice during each academic year. This means that not every member of a particular class will be invited to participate in all surveys, but the majority of alums will receive surveys based on the schedule below.
Kenyon's youngest alumni are surveyed the spring and summer one year after their graduation. The survey includes questions about what alums are doing now, plans they may have for furthering their education, and several general questions about how they see their Kenyon education after a year.
HEDS Alumni Survey
Kenyon alumni from the 5 and 10 year out classes are invited to participate in the HEDS Alumni Survey during May and June. The survey includes specific questions about Kenyon experiences and current career and education goals. The HEDS (Higher Education Data Sharing) consortium provides research support for private higher education institutions. Response rates vary by year, with 42.6% of invited alums responding in 2012 and 34.5% responding in 2013.
Many departments and programs administer surveys as part of ongoing assessment efforts. On this page you can find resources for creating department and program surveys as well as summary results for past surveys.
It's often helpful to begin the survey creation process by looking at questions that have worked well in the past. You can use questions in the Assessment Survey Question Library verbatim or alter the question to suit your needs.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Assessment. IRB # 20120037, implemented September 2012, results late fall 2012
Results of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Assessment
Women's and Gender Studies Assessment. IRB # 20130024, implemented April 2013.