Institutional Planning and Assessment is responsible for the coordination of surveys, dissemination of findings to the general university community, collaboration with colleges, schools and units to develop a survey policy, and maintenance of an inventory of surveys. These guidelines are intended for university-level surveys and do not include polls taken in a class, class assignments involving surveys, evaluations by participants of an event, evaluation of a service by a client at a point of service, or a faculty or student research project.

At the University of Saskatchewan, we use surveys to assess quality, plan for program/service enhancements, and determine the needs of our community and the best way to meet those needs. Coordination is necessary to prevent redundancy and participant fatigue, to maximize response rates and to achieve representative samples.

Several documents have been developed by IPA to support implementation of surveys.

  1. The university’s survey guidelines are intended to outline the importance of coordinating all large-scale surveys being conducted on campus. The purpose of these guidelines is to maximize the quality and effectiveness of all University of Saskatchewan surveys and minimize duplication of effort and participant fatigue.
  2. The survey project coordination form helps the University of Saskatchewan make the most of the survey information it collects. If your college or administrative unit is planning to conduct a survey please complete the survey project coordination form.

To learn more about specific surveys, please see below. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding survey projects.

Survey synthesis

The survey synthesis represents a decade of student opinion about the teaching and learning environment and overall student experience at the University of Saskatchewan. It consists of 10 fact sheets that provide summaries of consolidated data from 10 years of university-wide surveys. Data was analyzed for common trends and themes that relate to different aspects of the student experience. These surveys cover a broad range of topics intended to give a high-level overview of student perceptions of the U of S.

The survey synthesis was developed to provide an “at-a-glance” overview of the data available and is presented in summary format to support easier dissemination of results within and beyond the campus community. It is intended to be updated in advance of each integrated plan and can be easily adapted to provide more detail in a specific area if needed.

Complete survey synthesis

Individual fact sheets:

Survey by Year


Survey Students involved Information gathered Documentation
Provincial Graduate Outcomes Survey Students who graduated from a post-secondary institution in Saskatchewan in 2014 Further education received, financing education, employment outcomes, post-graduation migration etc.

Full Report


Survey Students involved Information gathered Documentation
Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) First-year undergraduate students Student experience, satisfaction, perceptions and financing

Summary of results

Full report

Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS) Graduate students and students in professional colleges Assessed learning and employment outcomes for post-secondary graduates

Summary of results


Survey Students involved Information gathered Documentation
Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) Graduating undergraduate students Student experience, satisfaction, perceptions and financing

Summary of results

Full report


Survey Students involved Information gathered Documentation
Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) Middle-year undergraduate students Student experience, satisfaction, perceptions and financing

Summary of results

Full report

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Undergraduate students Student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development

Summary of results

Campus Climate Survey All students on campus Responses related to personal experiences with campus community issues, perceptions of the campus community and participation in diverity-related activities.

Summary of results

Full report


Survey Students involved Information gathered Documentation
Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) First-year undergraduate students Student experience, satisfaction, perceptions and financing

Summary of results

Full report

Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS) Graduate students and students in professional colleges Assessed learning and employment outcomes for post-secondary graduates

Summary of results


Survey Students involved Information gathered Documentation
Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) Graduating undergraduate students. Student experience, satisfaction, perceptions and financing

Summary of results

Full report

Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) A census survey of all 2009/10 post-secondary graduates

Summary of results


Survey Students involved Information gathered Documentation
Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) All undergraduate students Student experience, satisfaction, perceptions and financing

Summary of results

Full report

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Undergraduate students Student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development

Summary of results

NSSE Benchmark report

Campus climate survey

Promise and potential: the third integrated plan indicated one of the strategic goals of the University of Saskatchewan is to “provide a safe and welcoming environment in attitude, support services and infrastructure” and to “carry out efforts to encourage and support activities that lead to the development of a more diverse and inclusive community.” Based on these strategic goals, and the recognition of an increasingly diverse campus community, it is important for us to determine how “welcoming” the U of S is.

Through the U of S Campus Climate Survey, launched in November 2013, we collected detailed information about how welcomed, supported and respected students feel, to inform future planning and initiatives at the University of Saskatchewan. The results of the survey were released on November 17, 2014.

The next phase of this project will involve meetings with members of the campus community who work directly with students, such as student groups and college/school staff, to get their thoughts and opinions on the results, as well as input on where the university should focus its attention moving forward. The end result will be an implementation plan outlining a series of actions to be taken. It is expected this will be shared with the campus community in the spring.

Survey results

In fall 2013, over 5,200 students completed the first ever University of Saskatchewan campus climate survey, answering questions about how welcomed, respected and supported they felt.

Full campus climate survey results
Summary campus climate survey result

An initiative of the university’s third integrated plan, the survey included questions in five main areas: overall campus climate, campus experiences, classroom experiences and interactions with staff/faculty, helpfulness of support services, and how to improve the campus climate.

The next phase of this project will involve meetings with members of the campus community who work directly with students, such as student groups and college/school staff, to get their thoughts and opinions on the results, as well as input on where the university should focus its attention moving forward. The end result will be an implementation plan outlining a series of actions to be taken. It is expected this will be shared with the campus community in the spring.

For more information on survey results, please contact Institutional Planning and Assessment.

Frequently asked questions

What is “campus climate” and why is it important?

Campus climate is defined as, “the current attitudes and behaviors of students concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities and potential" (Rankin, 2012). In other words, how welcomed, supported and respected students feel at the U of S.

The campus climate is important for a variety of reasons and, as demonstrated by numerous studies, has an effect on students. For example:

  • How students experience their campus environment influences both learning and developmental outcomes.
  • The campus environment influences student’s attitudes about staying in school.
  • Discriminatory environments have a negative effect on student learning.
  • Having a diverse student body has been shown to enhance learning outcomes.

What is the campus climate survey?

The campus climate survey is a population survey that will seek input from the U of S student body and ask a variety of questions related to personal experiences with campus community issues, perceptions of the campus community and participation in diversity-related activities.

Why is the University of Saskatchewan conducting a campus climate survey?

Promise and potential: the third integrated plan indicated one of the strategic goals of the University of Saskatchewan is to “provide a safe and welcoming environment in attitude, support services and infrastructure” and to “carry out efforts to encourage and support activities that lead to the development of a more diverse and inclusive community.” Based on these strategic goals, and the recognition of an increasingly diverse campus community, it is important for us to determine how “welcoming” the U of S is.

What will we do with the answers?

Results of this survey will provide us with a clear picture of the current campus climate for students at the U of S. Not only will it provide a baseline in which to gauge perceptions and experiences of students in the future, it will also provide information from which a strategic plan can be developed that includes immediate, short-term and long-term actions. The first step in doing this is to get a comprehensive picture of what it is like to be a student at the U of S.

Do other universities undertake similar studies?

Yes. This survey was developed based on the review of other campus climate surveys implemented in Canada and the US. These surveys all include questions pertaining to:

  • Overall campus climate experiences/perceptions
  • Campus safety
  • Personal experience and/or witnessing negative behaviours (for example, harassment, discrimination, assault, exclusion)
  • Classroom experiences
  • Experience with faculty and staff
  • Interacting with others different from self
  • Participation in diversity-related activities
  • Experience with support services
  • Improving/enhancing the campus climate