2017 COLLEGE SENIOR SURVEY (CSS) INFORMATION SHEET

Purpose of the Study  You are asked to complete this survey as part of a national study conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California, Los Angeles. This study is designed as an exit survey for seniors. Your college or university may then use this information to measure students’ cognitive and affective growth during college. The ultimate goal is to measure the impact of college. 

Procedures  To participate in this study, please complete and submit the attached survey. Most respondents complete this questionnaire in about 25 minutes, although individual progress will vary by how quickly you move through the questions. 

You may decide not to complete the survey for any reason at any time without consequence of any kind. The Higher Education Research Institute does not offer payment for participation. Your participation and responses to the questionnaire indicate your consent to participate in the study. We ask for your name and address so that the researchers at UCLA can contact you at some later date for follow-up study. 

Potential Benefits to Subjects and/or Society  You may have the opportunity to reflect on your experiences in college as you complete the survey, which may enhance self-understanding. Your responses to the survey also will be directly beneficial to your college or university, and may benefit future generations of college students as well.

Potential Risks and Discomforts  There could be survey items that you are uncomfortable answering or to which you would simply prefer not to respond.  Your participation in this study is strictly voluntary, and you will be under no obligation whatsoever to answer any questions that you are not inclined to answer.  You may choose not to answer any specific questions you do not want to answer and still remain in the study.

Confidentiality  Please note that your responses will be used for research purposes only and will be strictly confidential. Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified with you will remain confidential.  Your identified responses will be returned to your institution for institutional assessment purposes.  Before receiving any responses, your school is required to certify in advance that the data will only be used for research purposes and will not be used to investigate specific individuals. Names and addresses will not be returned to your institution, however Student ID numbers will be included in the final data file to allow your institution to merge responses with other campus data. 

Identification of investigators  If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please contact the Managing Director of HERI and Director of CIRP, Dr. Kevin Eagan at this address:

Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies,        

Box 951521, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521, Email: heri@ucla.edu, Phone: 310-825-1925

Rights of Research Subjects  You may withdraw your consent at any time and discontinue participation without penalty. You are not waiving any legal claims, rights or remedies because of your participation in this research study. If you have questions regarding your rights as a research subject, contact the UCLA Office for Protection of Research Subjects, 11000 Kinross Avenue, Suite 102, Box 951694, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1694, (310) 825-7122. 




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