Online Reports

Common Data Set

What is the Common Data Set ? It is a standard set of questions (with standard definitions) that most institutions complete each academic year. Representatives from higher education and college guide publishers (e.g., US News & World Report) have worked together to develop this instrument, in an attempt to reduce the data collection burden on institutions and to standardize information that is requested from various sources.


The Eastern Mennonite University Factbook is produced annually by the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness. Trend data on enrollment, graduation rates, admissions, and more, are included in the Factbook.

CIRP Freshman Survey

The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey is produced by the Higher Education Research Institute of UCLA. The survey is administered at EMU every three years to first-time, first-year students at the beginning of their first fall semester. Many survey items are identical to items administered to graduating seniors on the College Senior Survey (CSS) so that pre-post longitudinal results (CIRP and CSS) are available for students who agree to participate.

CSS Senior Survey

The College Senior Survey (CSS; aka College Student Survey) is produced by the Higher Education Research Institute of UCLA. The survey addresses areas such as student-faculty interaction, academic challenge and achievement, faith development, student motivation, satisfaction with campus experience, campus climate, time-usage and political orientation. Graduating seniors at EMU complete the survey in the spring of even years (e.g., 2006, 2008, etc.)

EMU Alumni Survey

The EMU Alumni Survey is an in-house developed survey that addresses alum’s opinions in a number of areas: student educational outcomes, quality of eduction, quality of support services and quality of faculty. The survey is administered every five years (e.g. 2003, 2005, etc.).

EMU Faculty-Staff Survey

The EMU Faculty-Staff Survey is an in-house developed survey that addresses faculty and staff members’ opinions in a number of areas: institutional resources, work-environment, job satisfaction, student outcomes, support services, advising and faculty development. The survey is administered every three years.

Admitted Student Questionnaire

The Admitted Student Questionnaire is administered every three years (e.g., May 2006, May 2009, etc.) to first-time first-year students who have been admitted to EMU for the fall. The survey is produced by College Board and compares enrolling and non-enrolling students’ ratings of the importance of various aspects in selecting a college, images that describe the college, information sources used, financial aid, and how EMU compares to other colleges that they considered. Yield rates (i.e., the percent of students who enrolled) and national comparison data are provided for each of the items.

National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement was developed as a tool for assessing student engagement in several areas of university life: level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment. The survey is administered annually nation-wide and at EMU every three years. Peer comparisons and national benchmarks are provided.

Student Satisfaction Inventory and Adult Student Priorities Survey

The SSI and ASPS reflect the candid opinions of current students on topics critical to college choice and satisfaction such as academic advising, instructional effectiveness, campus safety and security, and student centeredness. The SSI and ASPS are especially useful because they indicate what is most important to our students, measure how well we meet their expectations, and provide comparisons with students attending other national colleges and universities. The SSI is administered to traditional undergraduates and the ASPS is administered to ADCP, graduate and Seminary students.