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Survey Administration Principles

  1. Course/Instructor evaluations are very important to the institution and to the individual instructors; therefore, efforts should be made to encourage student participation in this important task. One effort is to not administer student surveys during the final three weeks of classes in a term. Observance of a “blackout” period for surveying toward the end of each term is strongly encouraged.

  2. To reduce survey overload on individual students, surveys impacting similar groups of students should be staggered throughout the academic year. To assist in staggering survey administrations, a calendar of survey administrations is available through the WyoWeb Group named Student Survey Calendar.

  3. Survey administrators are asked to schedule their surveys so they do not overlap with other surveys.

  4. Whenever possible and appropriate, survey administrators are asked to join with other survey administrators to combine surveys into a single instrument for similar student populations/samples.

  5. Surveys to be administered to a sample size of 250 or more students should be scheduled through the student Survey Calendar. The guidelines for scheduling surveys do not apply to student surveys of small groups of other students, research surveys by individual faculty members, and small surveys of a unit's clients or service users.

  6. Survey administrators seeking input from any human subjects are asked to review regulations of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and abide by those regulations. The IRB is coordinated by the Office of Research & Economic Development.

  7. A University-wide website offers tips for survey creation, administration, and analysis. Several college and departmental website provide links to the central website on survey administration.

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