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Institutional Research

Drake University's Office of Institutional Research & Assessment provides the University community with information to support planning and decision making, provides institutional data to state and federal agencies, and responds to data requests from media and other organizations.


Calendar of Surveys

Calendar of Surveys: Schedule of surveys for the current academic year.  Additional guidance on administration of surveys and best practices.

Institutional Data

Drake Databooks: Drake's Databooks provide a wide variety of information about the population characteristics of students, faculty, and staff.

Common Data Sets (CDS): The Common Data Set is a set of common definitions for regularly-collected data elements that is used by a large group of institutions to assist in comparisons.

Drake Surveys

Drake Student Survey (DSS): Drake Student Surveys ascertain the perceptions of Drake students about various dimensions of their Drake experience.

Foundations of Learning Assessment (FLA): This survey explores first year students’ learning experiences before coming to Drake and their expectations and plans for their experiences at Drake. The instrument also helps students to think about ways they may want to be engaged at Drake.

National Surveys

Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL): This survey explores the influences of higher education on students’ leadership development and examine the influences of college experiences on leadership-related outcomes.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE): A national project that examines first year and senior student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.

US News and World Report Analyses: The U.S. News and World Report looks at national universities on a variety of factors and gives them rankings.


Drake Benchmark Institutions: These include our peers, aspirational institutions, and our direct competitors.

State Authorization Information

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