Reports and Surveys

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.

Post-graduation employment surveys report on recent graduates' next steps after graduation. The Pomerantz Career Center collects placement information from recent Bachelor's degree recipients. The Graduate College compiles and reports data on recipients of doctoral programs.

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.


What are students telling us?

To learn more about reports and surveys available through the Office of Assessment, contact Matt Anson or Wayne Jacobson.

Campus Assessment Reports

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 department strategies for outcomes assessment in undergraduate programs:

Assessment Efforts to Support Students and Faculty Under Pandemic Conditions: 2022 | 2021 | 2020

Following the onset of pandemic conditions, the university asked departments to focus assessment efforts on collecting information to support teaching, learning, and program quality as they navigated changes brought on by the pandemic.

Annual Assessment Update Reports: 2019 | 2018 | 2017

Recent pre-pandemic campus summaries of undergraduate program engagement in outcomes assessment.

The Assessment Exchange

The Assessment Exchange is an online database designed to let UI undergraduate programs view one another's annual updates on their uses of assessment. The Graduate College coordinates learning outcomes and assessment efforts in graduate programs.


UI Senior Exit Survey

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.

  • Thank you for making a difference!
    We ask graduating seniors to identify faculty or staff members who made a positive difference in their lives during their time as undergraduates. Faculty and staff members identified by students are acknowledged each year near the end of Spring semester:  202220212020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

  • Extending the Classroom - 2022
    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
Undergraduate Research


Report participating in
International or Cross-Cultural Academic Work


Report participating in
at least one of these experiences that take learning beyond the boundaries of individual classes

59% report taking part in 2 or more


  • Students Taking the Wheel 
    This report demonstrates that UI students opt 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
  • Sample Department Report
    This sample report provides an example of Senior Exit Survey information reported annually to undergraduate programs.

Student Experience in the Research University (SERU)

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:

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, and how students report using their time.

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:

UI Pandemic Response Surveys

The university conducted two student surveys to learn more about student experiences during the Spring 2020 transition to virtual instruction and other ways their academic experiences were affected by the pandemic:

The university also asked departments to report on their strategies for supporting faculty and students during the transition to virtual instruction:

Other Campus Surveys:

  • Iowa Faculty Survey on the COVID-19 Response and Fall 2020 Planning - Conducted by the UI Faculty Senate during May 2020
  • AAU COVID Student Survey - In July 2020, UI joined a survey initiative of the American Association of Universities (AAU) to learn more about student viewpoints on face masks and social distancing

Post-Graduation Employment Surveys

Reported first destination and job placement of recent graduates

Institutional Reports

UI reports of institution-level data


Data Digest
Comprehensive information about students, faculty, and budget. It is meant to serve as a source of official numbers. 

    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)