Survey Research

The office of Institutional Research administers a variety of national and locally created surveys to assess student, faculty, and staff experiences on campus. Descriptions of some of these surveys, as well as the most recent survey results, can be found below. If you would like to create a survey, please contact Sarah Todd, Director of Institutional Research ( and review the guidelines for survey research outlined by the Institutional Review Board at IRB - SUNY Canton.

SUNY Student Satisfaction Survey

In the spring of 2024, SUNY Canton administered the SUNY Satisfaction Survey (SSS). The SSS was created  to replace the Student Opinion Survey and was developed in a collaborative process between SUNY System Institutional Research and campus Institutional Research representatives. The survey asked students to rate their satisfaction with campus services and facilities and their participation in high-impact practices. For the 2024 administration, students were also asked to respond to questions related to their mental health and wellness. Results of this administration will be available in fall 2024. Prior to this administration, SUNY Canton administered a locally adapted version of the SUNY Student Satisfaction Survey (SSS) as a follow-up to the SUNY-mandated administration in Spring 2022. Results from that survey can be found below along with results from the 2021 SUNY Satisfaction Survey.
Report of the results from the 2022 assessment
   Comprehensive 2022 survey results
Report of the results from the 2021 assessment   Comprehensive 2021 survey results

National Survey of Student Engagement

Every three years, SUNY Canton administers the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to all bachelor’s degree-seeking first-year and senior students. The NSSE asks students to respond to questions related to their college experiences, including their perceptions of academic rigor, spirit of collaboration and diversity, experiences with faculty, and campus climate. The NSSE was administered most recently in 2020, with prior administrations in 2017, 2014 and 2008. Report of the results from the 2020 assessment.

Student Opinion Survey

In the spring of 2018, 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 2018 project was the twelfth in the series of survey projects; earlier projects were conducted in 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2015. Results of the 2018 survey.

Withdrawing Student Survey

In an ongoing effort to assess student satisfaction and success, SUNY Canton asks all students who leave the institution to complete a survey asking them for the reasons for their departure as well as their future plans. The survey asks students to respond on a Likert scale with the level of importance of various college type, academic, financial, and personal reasons in their decision to leave SUNY Canton in order to assess why students are not retained.

Graduate Survey

SUNY Canton administered a survey at graduation and six months after graduation to gather data related to the current employment and continuing education status of graduates, as well as their feelings of preparedness for the workforce and further studies. In addition, the graduate survey administered six months after graduation asks program-specific questions to analyze student levels of satisfaction with the program in addition to assessing program student learning outcomes.
Analysis of the survey of 2023 graduates

Comprehensive Survey

SUNY Canton administers a comprehensive survey every third year when we are not participating in the NSSE or the SSS/SOS. This survey is locally created in collaboration with the Non-Academic Assessment Committee and the Provost’s Cabinet and the instrument changes from each administration in response to findings on other surveys or campus initiatives. The Comprehensive Survey was administered in 2019, 2018, 2014, and 2013. Analysis from the comprehensive survey administered in 2019

Advising Survey

SUNY Canton offers the Advising Survey every spring to assess student satisfaction and utilization of advising services. The survey questions students on their experiences with their advisor as with the Office of Advising and First Year Programs, and it also asks questions related to the frequency and types of advising sought.

Analysis of the survey from Spring 2019

COACHE Faculty Survey

The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey (COACHE) is administered to all full-time faculty. Participation in this survey was mandated by SUNY System Administration, and each campus is required to participate in the survey every five years. Summary of the results of the 2017 survey

Climate Survey

Consistent with New York State Education Law 129-B and policies of The State University of New York, Canton participated in the 2019 University-wide Biennial SUNY Uniform Campus Climate Survey. The Survey gathered information about student and employee experience with sexual and interpersonal violence and knowledge of policies and resources.

SUNY Canton, working with SUNY and community colleagues (including students, faculty, and staff), will use these data to improve response to violence, develop prevention programs, and will continue to study the issue. The next Climate Survey will be administered in the Spring Semester of 2025. Results from Spring 2023 Employee and Student Climate Surveys

Complete list of scheduled student surveys