John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

National Survey Findings

As part of its research agenda, the Policy Center on the First Year of College (now Gardner Institute) conducted national surveys of first-year structures, policies, and practices in both the collegiate curriculum and co-curriculum. In 2000, two separate survey instruments, one related to the first-year curriculum and one related to the first-year co-curriculum, were embedded in e-mail messages and sent to chief academic officers and chief student affairs officers, respectively, at 621 two- and four-year colleges and universities. The instruments asked a broad range of questions, and responses to these questions have been analyzed by institutional size, type (2-year and 4-year), and Carnegie classification (2000 edition). The 2002 survey, focusing on the first-year curriculum, was designed to complement and expand the Policy Center’s 2000 National Surveys of First-Year Curricular and Co-curricular Practices. The Second National Survey was successfully transmitted electronically to 1,867 chief academic officers at both two- and four-year institutions. Taken together, data from these survey initiatives paint a comprehensive picture of first-year policies, procedures, and programs at institutions across the US. These data can be used by institutions as a means of comparing institution-specific information with national trends.

Click here  to view information on the 2000 National National Surveys of First-Year Curricular and Co-Curricular Practices

Click here to view information on the Second National Survey of First-Year Academic Practices, 2002