Assessing Student Needs
Student Affairs regularly assesses student needs and monitors how they change over time. Examples of recent needs assessment projects are described below. For more information about these assessment projects and others, contact Student Affairs Assessment.
- Freshman Survey (annually)
The Freshman Survey is conducted by Institutional Research each year and the data is shared with Student Affairs. This survey explores students'experiences their senior year in high school and their expectations for college.
- LGBTQ Focus Groups (Winter 2012)
The purpose of the LGBTQ focus groups was to:
(1) better understand the needs of Northwestern students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ); (2) explore the academic and out-of-class experiences of students who identify as LGBTQ; and (3) listen to students' ideas for how the experience for LGBTQ students at Northwestern could be improved. The final report was completed in May 2013 and shared with a number of campus partners.
- Consortium Mental Health and Counseling Survey (every three years)
This needs assessment project is done in conjunction with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Center for the Study of Collegiate Mental Health at the Pennsylvania State University. It provides a profile of the mental health of a sample of students, the majority of whom are not receiving counseling for a mental health concern.