Using the RNL Satisfaction-Priorities
Surveys to meet accreditation requirements
During the accreditation and re-accreditation process, institutions provide evidence that they are working to improve the student experience. By assessing student satisfaction as part of a continuous quality improvement approach, institutions document how satisfied students are with their campus experience and also what is most important to them. Colleges and universities can then focus on those areas where students place the highest value and see the biggest opportunities for improvement.
Select the appropriate accrediting body to review the specific mapping documents for the surveys you are administering:
- SACSCOC: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- HLC: The Higher Learning Commission
- MSCHE: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- NECHE: New England Commission on Higher Education
- WASC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
- ACCJC: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- NWCCU: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
For more information or to discuss how Ruffalo Noel Levitz can support your assessment plans, contact Shannon Cook.
Additional Assessment Tools
Within this family of surveys are instruments for various populations:
- Student Satisfaction Inventory, the instrument for traditional students, available in versions for four-year colleges and universities, community colleges and career schools;
- Institutional Priorities Survey, the companion to the Student Satisfaction Inventory, assesses campus personnel;
- Adult Student Priorities Survey, used by many graduate and adult undergraduate programs;
- Priorities Survey for Online Learners, for students in online distance learning programs;
- Parent Satisfaction Inventory, a companion to the four-year Student Satisfaction Inventory, for the parents of currently enrolled students.
You receive the data in an organized tabulation report that you can use right away. Of particular interest:
- College Employee Satisfaction Survey, which measures satisfaction of faculty, staff, and administrators in areas such as institutional mission and planning, level of support, resources to accomplish objectives, campus communications, and work environment;
- Alumni Outcomes and Loyalty Survey, which measures institutional success and alumni engagement;
- Employer Satisfaction Survey, which measures employers’ satisfaction with your institution’s graduates;
- And many other tools for particular populations.
Our custom research projects can include such elements as telephone and written surveys; in-depth interviews; predictive modeling; geodemography; focus groups; environmental scans; awareness and opinion measurement; research-based publications and websites; and audits of current practices, programs, and communications. We have experience conducting small, medium, and large market research projects that are highly customized to each institution, campus, and system. Our research has helped institutions take the actions they needed to be more competitive.