Assessing Student Needs

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.

Off-Campus Living (bi-annually)

Locally developed, the Off-Campus Living Survey explores the needs of Northwestern students living off-campus. The data has been used in the development of the Off-Campus Life website and electronic newsletter.

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.

Undergraduates from Low Income Family Backgrounds and the Northwestern Experience (2013)

A series of focus groups were conducted in Spring 2013 that sought to understand the experience of undergraduates who come from low income family backgrounds. The results were instrumental in spawning a number of initiatives, including the new Office of Student Enrichment Services.