The Institutional Research (IR) Office at the University conducts a number of surveys that gauge satisfaction, experience, behavior, cognitive, and social development of Elon students at an institutional-wide level. Participation in these surveys dates as far back as 1971. Starting in 1992 the University consistently administers three surveys that provide Elon with a fairly comprehensive picture of the student body (the Entering Freshmen Survey, the First Year Experience Survey and the Exiting Senior Survey). The number of IR administered annual surveys has increased in recent years from three to five. This increase reflects issues that are important to the University and thus require assessing on a regular basis.
Other offices conduct ongoing annual surveys too. However, these surveys are typically focused on assessing satisfaction levels with services and not social, cognitive, or intellectual development/change in students.