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Institutional Research

The Office of Institutional Research is committed to serving the College by providing comprehensive data, research, and analytic services to support administrative planning and constituencies across the Lake Forest College community. To accomplish this commitment, the duties of the Office of Institutional Research include but are not limited to: collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and sharing data with the Lake Forest College community; preparing analysis against trends and peers; supporting research and survey administration efforts on-campus; coordinating external data submissions; coordinating campus-wide surveys of students, staff, and faculty; and supporting assessment activity at the College.

Common Data Set

The Common Data Set (CDS) is a part of a national, collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and guidebook publishers to make information sharing more efficient and to provide clear, standard data definitions to attain higher quality and more accurate information. Data items and definitions in the CDS are typically determined by the U.S. Department of Education based on their use in its higher education surveys. The CDS is reported and updated annually. Files detailing the CDS for the last five academic years are listed below.

Common Data Set 2019-2020

Common Data Set 2018-2019

Common Data Set 2017-2018

Common Data Set 2016-2017

Common Data Set 2015-2016

Survey Results

All Campus Student Survey

The All Campus Student Survey is a yearly survey conducted during the spring semester of all active students at Lake Forest College. The survey lets students evaluate Lake Forest College’s academics, academic support, campus communications, the community, residence life, and other areas. The results from the All Campus Student Survey allow the administration to evaluate programs and make resource decisions. Files detailing results from past All Campus Student Surveys are given below.

All Campus Student Survey Summary - Spring 2015

All Campus Student Survey Summary - Spring 2014

National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is conducted every three years at Lake Forest College during the spring semester. The most recent iteration of the survey was conducted during the spring of 2014. The NSSE collects information from first-year and senior students about the characteristics and quality of their undergraduate experience. The NSSE measures the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices that are empirically linked with learning, personal development, persistence, satisfaction, and graduation. Data from the survey is used by faculty, administrators, researchers, and others for institutional improvement and accountability. Files detailing results from past iterations of the NSSE are detailed below. 

2014 NSSE Report

2011 NSSE Report

More detailed information about the NSSE including a respondent profile and in-depth data tables are available to members of the Lake Forest College community on the Office of Institutional Research’s my.lakeforest page.

CIRP Freshman Survey

The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey is a national survey of American first-year college students that Lake Forest College has participated in for over 40 years. The survey collects information about established behaviors in high school, academic preparedness for college, college admissions decisions, overall expectations of college, interaction with peers and faculty, student values and goals, student demographics, and concerns about paying for college. After survey completion and analysis, Lake Forest College receives an institutional profile that shows how our students compare to peer schools and other institutions nationally. A summary of the 2014 administration of the CIRP Freshman Survey is detailed below:

2014 CIRP Freshman Survey Results Summary

More detailed information about the CIRP including an institutional profile, in-depth data tables, and information about past administrations of the CIRP are available to members of the Lake Forest College community on the Office of Institutional Research’s my.lakeforest page.