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Method, Selection, & Approach Tips to Survey Better

A Virtual Workshop

Presented by:

Dr. Joseph D. Levy

Weave Knowledge Center Expert

Date: Tuesday, October 17th

Time: 2-4pm ET/11am-12pm PT

Enrollment Information:

To maximize interactions, seating is limited to 15 participants.


  • $225
  • $175: Weave Members

Who Should Attend?

  • Assessment Professionals
  • Student Affairs Assessment Professionals
  • Assessment Leaders
  • Any one who wants to design or send a survey


  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


Survey fatigue exists. Poor survey design and administration practices contribute to survey fatigue, in addition to being their own detriments. There are multiple considerations and practices for staff to make survey practice more intentional, collaborative, and effective. In addition to instrument design, aspects like student engagement, faculty and staff partnership, use of results, and resource investment can all contribute to better survey practices. It may be overwhelming to consider all of these elements if you were not aware of them before, just as those aware may not be sure where or how to start.

After grounding the topic in principles for appropriate method selection, this session will share 40+ actionable and practical tips which can elevate survey practices, including increasing survey response rates. Tips to survey better are grouped in categories to help direct focus and consideration for application. Common issues and possible benefits are presented in relation to survey methodology in general, as well as for the respective tips and categories. In addition to Q&A, participants will be engaged in discussion and activities related to feasibility and prioritization of tips for action at their institution, as well as provided with a handout for reflection and future application.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Summarize how intentional method selection can yield benefits for surveys
  • Identify common challenges associated with surveying students
  • Describe at least two tips to improve surveying as an assessment practice
  • Prioritize at least three considerations to apply in assessment and survey work at their institution.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Joseph D. Levy

Associate Vice Provost of Accreditation and Quality Improvement, Excelsior University

Dr. Joseph D. Levy serves as the Associate Vice Provost of Accreditation and Quality Improvement at Excelsior University. Joe earned a BA in English from Baldwin-Wallace College, an MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from National Louis University. Experienced with multiple institutional types’ assessment efforts, Joe is a member of the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) Board of Directors, leads the Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs open course, and is an endorsed speaker for the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).