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- Standardized Instruments
- SAT/ACT Scores.
Recorded annually for all incoming students; provides a baseline picture
which may be compared with national norms for first-year students.
- Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP).
Administered biannually to all incoming students; provides a baseline
picture which may be compared with national norms for first-year
students and information gathered during the senior year through other
- Your First College Year (YFCY).
Administered every four years to first year students during the spring
semester; designed to assess the academic and personal development of
students over the first year of college.
- AICUP First Year Student Survey.
Conducted through the Association of Independent Colleges &
Universities of Pennsylvania; administered every four years in the
spring semester to the first year class; evaluates student reflections
on educational and curricular programs during the first year.
- Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI).
Administered every four years to a subset of each class; designed to
solicit and measure student perceptions of importance and satisfaction
within various areas of the campus environment.
- College Student Survey (CSS).
Administered biannually during the spring semester to graduating
seniors; provides feedback on students’ self-reported academic and
campus life experiences; selected items are correlated with data from
- College Student Experiences Questionnaire (CSEQ).
Administered every four years during the spring semester to graduating
seniors; assesses the quality of effort students expend in using the
resources and opportunities provided by the institution for their
learning and development.
- National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).
Administered every four years to first year students and seniors
during the spring semester; studies the quality of the undergraduate
learning on campus by way of student engagement/experiences.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Annual GRE Summary Statistics Reports provide data on scores for all
graduating seniors who completed the exam [relatively small number of
- Alumni Survey.
Administered periodically to graduates several years after commencement;
originally sponsored by the CCCU, with additional items on the
instrument supplied by Messiah; portions of the instrument correspond
to selected items from the CIRP, CSS and CSEQ. The Alumni Office
occasionally also conducts alumni surveys.
- Admitted Student Questionnaire.
Administered annually to a random sample of accepted students to
access the reasons for and influences upon students’ decisions whether
or not to enroll at Messiah College.
- Senior Interviews.
Administered to 15 to 25 members of the graduating class; interviews
are comprised of guided questions emphasizing the development of
character and faith.
- Alumni Interviews.
Administered on occasion, often in conjunction with the Alumni Survey,
to a random sample of graduates; guided questions emphasizing the
development of character and faith; correlated with the senior