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The SUNY Student Opinion Survey (SOS) Project
Purpose and Scope of the Project
Every three years all SUNY colleges administer the Student Opinion Survey. The information gathered through the survey from a sampling of undergraduate students will assess the following:
- College impressions and plans
- Satisfaction with services, facilities, and environment
- Perceived college outcomes
- Frequency of selected academic experiences
- Extent of campus contributions to student growth/preparation
- Aspirations and commitments
In the spring of 2012, as part of an ongoing effort to study the quality of student life on campus, the SUNY System Administration Office of Institutional Research and Analysis led the system's institutions in a cooperative research effort to assess students' impressions of their college education. The 2012 project was the tenth in the series of survey projects; earlier projects were conducted in 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009.
Each participating institution was responsible for administering the survey and submitting the completed instruments to American College Testing, Inc. (ACT) for processing and report preparation. ACT coordinated instrument layout and production and prepared detailed summary reports, institutional graphics reports, and comparison reports.