The Office of Survey Research (OSR) provides high quality survey research that supports the mission of Western Washington University in a cost-effective manner. In particular, OSR surveys students, alumni, employers, and the campus community to provide valuable assessment and institutional data, analysis, and reports which can be used for improvement of programs, instruction, faculty scholarship, and information services.

OSR is responsible for developing and administering the Western Educational Longitudinal Study (WELS), including baseline surveys of incoming students, second-year surveys, exit surveys of graduating students, and alumni surveys. See WELS Survey Design.

  • OSR supports assessment and accountability research at Western;
  • OSR is responsible for developing and administering WELS;
  • OSR provides instruction in survey research methods and employment opportunities for students at Western, particularly sociology majors.

Director

John Krieg, PhD
Office of Survey Research
Parks Hall 307
Bellingham, WA 98225-9074
(360) 650-7405
John.Krieg@wwu.edu

Research Associate

Chris Stark , MS
Office of Survey Research
Arntzen Hall 507
Bellingham, WA 98225-9018
(360) 650-3239
Chris.Stark@wwu.edu

Research Analyst

Beth Hartsoch, MA
Office of Survey Research
Arntzen Hall 515
Bellingham, WA 98225-9018
(360) 650-7376
Beth.Hartsoch@wwu.edu

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Submissions from 2007

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Common Data Set 2006-07, Kirk England

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The First-Year Experience (FYE) and Freshman Interest Group (FIG) Programs Compared: Fall, 2006, Course Offerings, Pat Fabiano, Gary McKinney, and Chris Stark

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The First Year Experience (FYE) Program Report: Course Offerings in Fall, 2006, Pat Fabiano, Gary McKinney, and Chris Stark

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The Freshman Interest Group (FIGs) Program Report: Course Offerings in the Fall, 2006, Pat Fabiano, Gary McKinney, and Chris Stark

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A Profile of the 2007 Western Washington Unviersity Graduating Class, Gary McKinney and Chris Stark

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2006-07 (3 Quarters & AYA) SCH & FTE Faculty Report, Ernest Sams

Submissions from 2006

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Western Educational Longitudinal Study (WELS): Fall, 2005, Baseline Survey of In-Coming Freshman, Richard Bulcroft, Linda Clark, Sara Jones, and Gary McKinney

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Western Educational Longitudinal Study (WELS) Freshman in Transition: Students Who Entered as Freshman in Fall Quarter, 2005, Survyed at the End of Fall Quarter, 2005, Richard Bulcroft, Linda Clark, Sara Jones, and Gary McKinney

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Western Educational Longitudinal Study (WELS) Transfer In Transition: Students Who Entered as Transfer in the Fall Quarter, 2005, Surveyed at the End of Fall Quarter, 2005, Richard Bulcroft, Linda Clark, Sara Jones, and Gary McKinney

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First Time, In-coming Transfers and Freshman: a Comparison of Survey Findings, Richard Bulcroft, Joseph E. Trimble, and Gary McKinney

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Common Data Set 2005-06, Kirk England

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Western Alumni, Class of 2005 - Spring 2006 Survey Findings, Gary McKinney, Sara Jones, Richard Bulcroft, and Linda Clark

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Western Educational Longitudinal Study (WELS): Fall, 2005, Baseline Survey of In-coming Freshmen, Gary R. McKinney, Richard Bulcroft, and Sara Jones

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Western Educational Longitudinal Study (WELS): Spring, 2005, Follow-up of Freshmen Entering Fall, 2003, Gary R. McKinney, Richard Bulcroft, and Sara Jones

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Western Educational Longitudinal Study (WELS): Fall, 2005 Baseline Survey of In-Coming Transfers, Gary R. McKinney, Richard Bulcroft, Sara Jones, and Linda Clark

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Western Educational Longitudinal Study (WELS): Survey of In-coming Transfers in Transition, Late Fall Quarter, 2005, Gary R. McKinney, Sara Jones, Richard Bulcroft, and Linda Clark

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The Freshmen Interest Group (FIGs) Program Report: Fall, 2006, Gary McKinney, Chris Stark, and Pat Fabiano

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FIGS: Summary Report, Office of Survey Research

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FYE Seminars: Summary Report, Office of Survey Research

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New Student Programs: Summary Report, Office of Survey Research

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2005-06 (3 quarters & AYA) SCH & FTE Faculty Report, Ernest Sams

Submissions from 2005

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New Transfer Focus Group Summary, Linda Clark, Ryan Dickson, and Gary McKinney

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Departmental Academic Advising at Western Washington University, Linda Clark, Ryan Dickson, Jospeh E. Trimble, Pamela Jull, and Gary McKinney

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Students and Academic-oriented Technology: a Longitudinal Study, Ryan Dickson, Trimble E. Joseph, and Gary McKinney

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Longitudinal Analysis from WELS Surveys, 2003-2004, Ryan Dickson, Joseph E. Trimble, and Gary McKinney

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Student Attitudes Toward General University Requirements (GURs), Ryan Dickson, Joseph E. Trimble, and Gary McKinney

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An Analysis of Student Evaluations of Instruction for the Fall Quarter 2004, Richard Frye, Trimble E. Joseph, and Chris Stark

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Freshmen Interest Group (FIG) Report, James Inverarity, Kathleen Kennedy, Jeff Newcomer, Lorrie Brilla, and Lauren Balisky

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A Profile of the 2003 Western Washington University Graduating Class, Gary McKinney and Chris Stark

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A Profile of the 2004 Western Washington University Graduating Class, Gary McKinney and Chris Stark

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2004-05 (3 Quarters & AYA) SCH & FTE Faculty Report, Ernest Sams

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Student Use of Email, Ernest Sams

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Chart - Freshman Retention & Graduation Rate, Sharon Schmidtz

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Chart - Graduates with Less than 125% of Credits Needed for Graduation, Sharon Schmidtz

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Chart - Graduation Efficiency Index (GEI), Sharon Schmidtz

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Chart - Number of Degrees Awarded, Sharon Schmidtz

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Chart - Transfer Graduation Rate, Sharon Schmidtz

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Common Data Set 2004-05, Sharon Schmidtz

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Student Contact with Their Academic Advisors, Joseph E. Trimble, Gary McKinney, and Sharon Schmidtz

Submissions from 2004

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Western Educational Longitudinal Study: Spring 2004 Follow-up of Freshmen Entering Fall, 2003, Linda Clark, Pamela Jull, and Gary McKinney

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Western Alumni, Class of 2003 - Spring 2004 Survey Findings, Pamela Jull, Linda Clark, and Gary R. McKinney

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2003-04 (3 Quarters & AYA) SCH & FTE Faculty Reports, Ernest Sams

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Accountability Performance Report 2003-04, Sharon Schmidtz

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Common Data Set 2003-04, Sharon Schmidtz

Submissions from 2003

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Expectations vs. Experience: Western Washington University's CSXQ/CSEQ Findings, Evelyn Albrecht, Ann Carlson, Joseph E. Trimble, and Gary McKinney

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A Profile of the 2001 Western Washington University Graduating Class, Evelyn Albrecht and Gary McKinney

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A Profile of the 2002 Western Washington University Graduating Class, Evelyn Albrecht and Gary McKinney

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Perceptions of Subtle Gender Discrimination, Hostility, and Sexual Harassment among Senior Women Faculty at Western Washington University, Linda Clark, Pamela Jull, and Gary McKinney

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Western Educational Longitudinal Study: Baseline of Freshmen entering Fall, 2003, Linda Clark, Pamela Jull, and Gary McKinney

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Western Educational Longitudinal Study (WELS): Fall 2003 Freshmen Transitions Survey, Linda Clark, Joseph E. Trimble, Pamela Jull, and Gary McKinney

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An Analysis of Fall 2002 Student Evaluations of Instruction, Richard Frye

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2002-03 (3 Quarters & AYA) SCH & FTE Faculty Reports, Ernest Sams

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Accountability Measures Calculation, Sharon Schmidtz

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Accountability Performance Report 2002-03, Sharon Schmidtz

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Common Data Set 2002-03, Sharon Schmidtz

Submissions from 2002

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Perceptions of Subtle Gender Discrimination, Hostility, and Sexual Harassment among Senior Women Faculty at Western Washington University, Linda Clark, Pamela Jull, and Gary McKinney

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Peer Evaluation of Teaching, Thor Hansen

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Ability, Interest and Effort: Understanding Outcomes of Math Coursework for Western Washington Univeristy Freshmen, Pamela Jull and Gary McKinney

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Faculty Studies: Summary of Three Reports, Pamela Jull, Gary R. McKinney, Carl Simpson, Linda Clark, Joseph E. Trimble, and Evelyn Albrecht

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1999 Western Washington University Faculty Survey: a Sampling of Findings, Gary R. McKinney, Joseph E. Trimble, and Evelyn Albrecht

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2001-02 (3 Quarters & AYA) SCH & FTE Faculty Reports, Ernest Sams

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Analysis of Student Demand For Courses at Western Fall Quarter, 2001, Carl Simpson and Sharon Schmidtz

Submissions from 2001

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Survey of Non-Returning Students, Linda Clark, Richard Frye, and Carl Simpson

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Analysis of Freshmen Retention: Fall 1998 to Fall 1999, Linda Clark, Gary McKinney, Sharon Schmidtz, and Carl Simpson

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Quantitative Reasoning: an Overview, Marsha Davidson and Gary McKinney

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Five-year Follow-up of the Class of 1993: Advanced Education, Pamela Jull and Gary McKinney

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Five-year Follow-up of the Class of 1993: Alumni Satisfaction, Pamela Jull and Gary McKinney

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A Profile of the 2000 Western Washington University Graduating Class, Gary McKinney

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A Profile of the Fall 2000 Freshman Class at Western: Comparative Trends and Patterns with a National Sample, Gary McKinney

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Seniors Assess their Experience at Western Washington University: Senior Survey (CSS) Results from 1999, Gary McKinney

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Seniors Assess their Experience at Western Washington University: Senior Survey (CSS) Results from 2000, Gary McKinney

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A Profile of the 2000 Western Washington University Graduating Class, Gary R. McKinney and Evelyn Albrecht

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Better Read that Again: Web Hoaxes & Misinformation, Paul Piper

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2000-01 (3 Quarters & AYA) SCH & FTE Faculty Reports, Ernest Sams

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Classroom Scheduling Recommendations, Sharon Schmidtz

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Common Data Set 2000-01, Sharon Schmidtz

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Analysis of the Change in Math Placement Test Instruments, Sharon Schmidtz and Carl Simpson

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Western Washington University Gender Equity Salary Study, Carl Simpson

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Analysis of Freshmen Retention: Fall 1998 to Fall 1999. Executive Summary, Carl Simpson, Sharon Schmidtz, Linda Clark, and Gary R. McKinney

Submissions from 2000

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Information Literacy: an Overview, Robin Angeley and Jeff Purdue

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Freshmen Interest Group (FIG) Report, Kris Bulcroft and Gary McKinney

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Freshmen Interest Group (FIGs) Pilot Program Report: Executive Summary, Kris Bulcroft and Gary McKinney

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Employer Perspectives on Western Graduates, Linda Clark, Pamela Jull, Gary McKinney, and Carl Simpson

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Lifestyles Project IV: Patterns of Alcohol and Drug Consumption and Consequences among Western Washington Students, Pat Fabiano, Gary McKinney, K Rhoads, and Chris Stark

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Longitudinal Findings from the 1999 Lifestyles Survey, Pat Fabiano, Gary McKinney, K Rhoads, and Chris Stark

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Western Washington University Faculty Instructional Technology Survey Results, Richard Frye and Carl Simpson

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Involving Undergraduates in Research, Thor Hansen

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The Transition of Running Start Program Participants into Western Washington University, Damian Jordan, Gary R. McKinney, and Joseph E. Trimble

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Wired at Western: Computer Technology at Western Washington University, Gary McKinney

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A Profile of the Fall 1999 Freshman Class at Western: Comparative Trends and Patterns with a National Sample, Gary R. McKinney and Joseph E. Trimble

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A Profile of the 1999 Western Washington University Graduating Class, Gary R. McKinney, Joseph E. Trimble, and Evelyn Albrecht

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BSD Survey on High Schools, Office of Survey Research

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SKAT Rider Questionnaire, Office of Survey Research

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Youth and Families Survey, Office of Survey Research

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1999-00 (3 Quarters & AYA) SCH & FTE Faculty Reports, Ernest Sams

Submissions from 1999

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The Scholarship of Teaching at Western Washington University: The Carnegie Teaching Academy Program, Kris Bulcroft

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The Relationship between Alcohol Consumption and Academic Performance: Findings from the 1999 Lifestyles Survey, Pat Fabiano, Gary McKinney, and K Rhoads

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Lifestyles, 1998: Patterns of Alcohol and Drug Consumption and Consequences among Western Washington University Students - an Extended Executive Summary, Patricia M. Fabiano, Yu-Ree Hyun, Gary R. McKinney, Heather K. Mertz, and Kristoffer Rhoads

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WWU Lifestyles Project III: Patterns of Alcohol and Drug Consumption and Consequences among Western Washington University Students, Patricia M. Fabiano, Yu-Ree Hyun, Gary R. McKinney, Heather K. Mertz, and Kristoffer Rhoads

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Assessment, Accountability, and Student Outcomes, Richard Frye