The 2014 College Senior Survey (CSS) is now open for registration and administration! Similar to this year’s YFCY survey, the 2014 CSS is web-only. Please note again that this is a temporary change and we welcome and encourage our participating colleges and universities to take advantage of the CSS this year especially since we have cut our processing and email fees. Processing fees for the 2014 CSS are now only $1 per survey! Plus the option to have HERI manage emails is $150, down from $375.
One of the advantages of the web-only CSS is customization – institutions can customize the survey to their specific needs. This includes not only welcome and thank you pages but the survey instrument itself. Participating colleges can get feedback on specific topics and issues from their students by adding up to thirty multiple-choice questions and up to five open-ended questions.
Our CIRP surveys are designed to be longitudinal so that colleges and universities can track their students’ growth and change over time. With that in mind there are a couple of changes we have made to the 2014 CSS. In an effort to connect more items across the surveys we have added two items from the YFCY survey that ask students to rate their ability to conduct research and to work as part of a team.
We have also changed the veteran status question to be consistent with the 2010 Freshman Survey. This change is intended to more accurately capture military status by increasing response options from yes or no, to include: None; ROTC, cadet, or midshipman at a service academy; In Active Duty, Reserves, or National Guard; and A discharged veteran not serving in Active Duty, Reserves, or National Guard.
The CSS can be a powerful tool to measure the impact of college, especially when used as a follow-up to the Freshman Survey, the Your First College Year Survey, and the Diverse Learning Environments Survey. But it is also useful to measure satisfaction with various aspects of college, including services. As students focus on employment near graduation, we added an item asking about their satisfaction with their institution’s career-related resources and support.
For a copy of the 2014 CSS instrument and the full list of the changes please click here.
If you have questions about the survey revisions – whether about the web-only administration or about survey instrument content – please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-825-7079. The CSS will remain open for administration through June 27, 2014.