Office of Institutional Research
and Assessment

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371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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The Common Data Set is a result of collaborative efforts "among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by The College Board, Peterson’s - a Thomson Learning Company, U.S. News & World Report, and Wintergreen/Orchard House. The CDS survey items have been designed to collect common or comparable data from colleges and universities."


About NSSE
The National Survey of Student Engagement is a survey specially designed for students to provide information about their undergraduate experience, including their views about the quality of their education and how they spend their time. These survey responses are an important piece of information as they are used to improve the quality of education here at OU. NSSE information is used in a variety of different ways across the university.

For example, NSSE data might be used to compare the experiences between men and women, different majors and departments, and to examine the impact that major changes within the university might have on the quality of a student's educational experience. 


NSSE Participation by Year

Oakland University participated in this survey in the following years:

First YearSeniorTotal


Featured NSSE Results, Reports, and Information

2018 NSSE Information and Reports

2016 NSSE Information and Reports

2014 NSSE Information and Reports

2013 NSSE Information and Reports

Special Topic:

2012 NSSE Information and Reports

2011 NSSE Information and Reports


Historical NSSE Mean and Frequency Reports



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About CIRP
The  CIRP Freshman Survey (TFS) is administered to incoming OU students during orientation. The  survey asks questions in the following areas:
  • Established behaviors in high school
  • Academic preparedness
  • Admissions decisions
  • Expectations of college
  • Interactions with peers and faculty
  • Student values and goals
  • Student demographic characteristics
  • Concerns about financing college

For more information about the CIRP, please see the Higher Education Research Institute's main page.


College Portrait
College Portrait is a website devoted to giving citizens comparable information about public colleges and universities that is presented in an easily understood format.  (  Click to go to OU's College Portrait Page).

In conjunction with both the College Portrait and the  Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), OU asks graduating senior students their future plans through a simple one-question survey (we sample undergraduates only). 

The pdf document below details both the results and the exact question wording, as suggested by the VSA.
The CLA instrument is somewhat like a traditional survey, except that instead of asking students their opinions about a variety of topics, it seeks to gauge how much students actually learn in college.  It works much like the ACT or SAT tests, except that students are required to submit actual written responses - there are no multiple choice questions on the CLA.  It then compares across institutions by controlling for incoming academic ability, estimating the contribution that an individual institution has had to the learning of that particular student.  Results can be aggregated to give a 'value-added' estimate for each institution, potentially comparing institutions to each other, even when they have vastly different types of incoming students.

For more information about the CLA,  visit their website.

View the 2012 CLA Report.



During the Fall 2015 semester, Oakland University (OU) in collaboration with North Carolina State University (NCSU), New York University (NYU), and the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) a longitudinal study directed by NCSU over a period of 4 years was launched.  This longitudinal study will give precise data indicating the types of educational experiences most conducive to interfaith learning among all students, including student leaders.

Fall 2015 Responses




NASCE 2018 Fact Sheet for Students

NASCE 2018 Fact Sheet for Faculty

In February 2015, Oakland University administered the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE) survey. Nearly 2,500 students participated in the survey, representing 16% of OU’s total undergraduate enrollment. Piloted in 2006 and fully implemented in 2009, NASCE has grown over the past 5 years into a widely used and respected assessment tool for measuring and expressing community engagement among U.S. colleges and universities. Today, more than 40,000 undergraduates from nearly 70 distinct institutions across 16 states have completed the NASCE survey. The data continues to be used as a functional and strategic tool, as new participant institutions are incorporating NASCE baseline data into their strategic plans and campus-wide engagement goals. Institutions that have completed their first iteration of the survey and used the data to guide implementations are now re-assessing for the second or third time to measure any and all progress towards their objectives.

For more information about the NASCE, please see the Siena College Research Institute's main page.

Results of OU's 2015 NASCE Administration


Oakland University participated in the Diverse Learning Environments (DLE) national survey in fall 2015. Conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, this survey asked student opinions on many items relevant to examining the impact of college.  This survey asked about academic work, interaction with faculty and peers, participation in campus activities, perceptions of the climate on campus, and use of campus services.

For more information about the DLE, please see the Higher Education Research Institute's overview.

2016 Diverse Learning Environments - Core Survey 

Results of OU's 2015-16 DLE Administration