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.


What are students telling us?

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

Learning Outcomes Reports

UI Senior Exit Survey

Student Experience in the Research University

Graduate Career Surveys

Institutional Reports

Learning Outcomes 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 outcomes assessment by undergraduate programs at 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 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

Extending the Classroom - 2019

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

62% report taking part in 2 or more

Students Taking the Wheel 

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

Sample Department Report

This sample report provides an example of Senior Exit Survey information reported annually to undergraduate programs.

Student Open-Text Responses

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, 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:

Graduate Career Surveys

Reported first destination and job placement of recent graduates

Undergraduate Programs

Annual Graduate Outcomes Survey of recent Bachelor's degree recipients, compiled by the Pomerantz Career Center

Selected Graduate and Professional Programs

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. 

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)