Office of Institutional Research

survey terms

Administrative Surveys

Any organized effort to collect information from individuals who comprise a significant proportion of the population of interest to improve institutional, divisional, or departmental effectiveness. Administrative surveys may target any part of the University community (students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, or other persons of interest) and may address such topics as academic, personnel, management or environmental issues.


Research Surveys

 A systematic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalized knowledge. Research also includes other scholarship in which new knowledge or creative works are generated. Often, in the conduct of research, data collection occurs through the use of surveys to a significant proportion of the population of interest.

Please contact an IRB Compliance Analyst  for more information.


Anonymous Surveys

Our office does not administer anonymous surveys since we use email addresses to administer and collect results of a survey.  However, we can anonymize results after a survey has been completed and strip the information which links the results to the email name of the participant.


Confidential Surveys

Surveys administered by our office are confidential which means that while the researcher may need to collect personally identifiable information such as an email address to administer a survey or include demographic information, no personally identifiable information will be disclosed to the researcher or any other party unless a respondent supplies this in one of the comment fields. Our reports will de-identify the participants, and analysis will be presented in an aggregate form so as not to identify individual participants.


Last Updated: 6/27/22