Surveys and Indirect Measures

Indirect Measures

Indirect measures are those that measure student learning by assessing opinions or ideas about knowledge, skills, attitudes and perceptions. Academic program- or course- level examples of indirect measures include:

  • Student surveys including course evaluations
  • Graduate exit interviews
  • Alumni or employer surveys
  • Curriculum analysis
  • External review process

Institutional Student Surveys

Course evaluation surveys are administered across campus and support instructors interested in students’ feedback about the course and their learning at the course-level. Learning outcomes from courses can be mapped to program and institutional learning outcomes.

Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR) also conducts and analyzes several surveys and questionnaires related to the student experience. Data from these surveys may support program assessment plans. The surveys and questionnaires include:

The Office of Academic Analysis, Planning and Assessment plays an active role in the evaluation and data collection efforts within the Graduate School. Data from master’s and doctoral degree surveys may support program assessment planning. Find more information about PhD and Master’s Exit Surveys.

Other UW-Madison Survey Examples

Alumni Surveys

Employer Surveys

Exit Surveys