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Administrative Surveys & Services

Administrative Surveys

Texas State has a policy regarding the conduct of administrative surveys. This policy requires all administrative surveys to be reviewed, prioritized and scheduled by the University Survey Committee (USC).  Administrative surveys are defined in the policy as:

"...any organized effort to collect information from individuals who comprise a significant proportion of the population of interest in an attempt 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, research, personnel, management or environmental issues. Administrative surveys include surveys managed by outside agencies but addressed to the members of the university community and used for administrative evaluation. Administrative surveys in this policy do not include small scale or focused intent surveys, such as academic faculty research surveys, assigned classroom course work, focus groups, participants' event evaluations, or point-of-service surveys targeting specific users. However, when a survey targets a significant portion of the university community, regardless of the purpose, the survey originator must follow the review and approval procedures outlined in the UPPS."

Approval Process for Administrative Surveys

Departments planning to conduct an administrative survey must notify the USC in advance for review and scheduling on the Administrative Survey Calendar.  The USC reviews and prioritizes administrative surveys on a rolling basis; however, surveys that are submitted for review by the following deadlines will be given priority in scheduling*:

  • July 1 -- for administrative surveys to be administered the following fall semester; and
  • November 1 -- for administrative surveys to be administered the following spring or summer semester

Requests for USC review and scheduling should be made by submitting an Administrative Survey Request

*Priority is given to administrative surveys that are mandated by federal or state government, The Texas State University System, or President's Cabinet, regardless of date submitted to the USC for review.

Survey Design Assistance

Basic survey design training is offered each spring through the Professional Development program; see Professional Development listings for more information.  Online survey design resources are available here.