What are students telling us?
UI compiles and reports institution-level assessment data through a number of offices and departments. Reports on learning outcomes are maintained by departments and compiled by the Office of Assessment. Campus-wide surveys that provide student perspectives on the undergraduate experience are also administered through this office.
Graduate career surveys report on recent graduates' next steps after graduation. The Pomerantz Career Center collects placement information from recent Bachelor's degree recipients. Graduate and Professional programs compile and report on recipients of advanced degrees.
Institutional reports are maintained by the Chief Diversity Office, Office of the Provost, the Registrar, and the Division of Student Life. Data reports are also filed annually with the Board of Regents and the U.S. Department of Education.
Learning Outcomes Reports
UI Senior Exit Survey
Student Experience in the Research University
Graduate Career Surveys
Outcomes assessment looks systematically at what students are learning, across courses and over time, through their experiences in the major. Assessment plans at UI incorporate a variety of strategies, and no single approach serves all departments equally well.
This page provides links to summaries of outcomes assessment by undergraduate programs at UI.
- Annual Outcomes Assessment Update - 2018
A brief overview and examples of UI department involvement with outcomes assessment
- Assessment Exchange
An online database designed to let UI departments view one another's uses of assessment
For information on implementing assessment in your department, see Examining Student Learning and Success.
The UI Senior Exit Survey is administered to all UI undergraduates at the time they file to graduate. This brief survey asks students about their experiences at UI, their participation in selected learning opportunities, and faculty or staff who made a difference for them during their time at UI.
We ask students to identify faculty or staff who made a positive difference in their lives during their time as undergraduates. Faculty and staff identified by students are acknowledged in the Daily Iowan near the end of Spring semester each year: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014
We identified five common academic experiences at UI that give students opportunities to take their learning beyond the boundaries of individual classes. This summary reports the percentage of students participating in each:
|Report participating in an
Internship, Practicum, or Field Experience
|Report participating in a
Capstone Experience or Senior Project
|Report participating in a course that awarded credit for
Community-Based Service Learning
|Report participating in
|Report participating in
International or Cross-Cultural Academic Work
Report participating in
62% report taking part in 2 or more
This report demonstrates that students are opting into high impact educational activities at rates much higher than would be expected if they were taking part only to fulfill major requirements. Presented at the 4Cast 2015 Conference: Who is in Control? Students as Creators, Collaborators, and "Consumers" of their Education
This sample report provides an example of Senior Exit Survey information reported annually to undergraduate programs.
Student Open-Text Responses
- I had excellent professors who really cared"
Student Reflections on What Helped Them Learn at UI
- "I made a point to find things I'm passionate about"
Engaging in Learning Opportunities Beyond the Classroom
- "I always felt challenged and encouraged to do my best"
Faculty and Staff Analysis of Open-Ended Senior Survey Responses
- What students say about their UI undergraduate uxperience
Student Success Team 2012 Fall Retreat
The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey is administered to all degree-seeking bachelor's, master's, and PhD students at the end of Spring semester, every other year. SERU provides an extensive overview of the student experience, academic and community engagement, perceptions of their major, overall satisfaction, and campus climate for diversity.
Visit the UI SERU site for reports of student responses on a wide range of topics, including:
- In Their Own Words: Students' Most Meaningful Learning Experiences at UI
- Student Financial Concerns and Effects of Working
- Campus Climate for Diversity
- Community Service of UI Undergraduates
The UI SERU site also offers a series of SERU Briefs, two-page summaries of findings on specific aspects of student experience at UI, including satisfaction and interaction with faculty, student perceptions of their majors, how students report using their time, and how international students experience UI.
In addition, the UI SERU site provides information for faculty and staff who are interested in accessing and using SERU data for their own research and assessment projects, or in learning about survey goals, survey design, and other institutions that use SERU.
The site also includes information for students:
Reported first destination and job placement of recent graduates
Selected Graduate and Professional Programs
UI reports of institution-level data
Comprehensive information about students, faculty, and budget. It is meant to serve as a source of official numbers.
Directory of University Accreditations
Institutional and specialized accreditations maintained by the University of Iowa
Diversity at Iowa
Institutional data and reports compiled by the Chief Diversity Office
Office of the Provost
Common Data Set, IPEDS, Strategic Plan updates, and other reports compiled by the Office of the Provost
Office of the Registrar
Profiles of the UI student body, degrees granted, and other reports compiled by the Office of the Registrar
Speak Out Iowa (Division of Student Life)
Campus safety survey to examine sexual misconduct occurring on campus
State of Iowa Board of Regents Reports
Reports filed annually with the Board of Regents on UI enrollment, retention, graduation, and accreditation
U.S. Department of Education - Reports on enrollment, retention, graduation, costs, and other UI information:
- College Scorecard - Brief overview provided by the U.S. Department of Education
- College Navigator - Detailed summary from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)