Administering Surveys

Various university constituents use surveys to gather useful data regarding students, faculty and staff at Temple. This web page is designed to provide information and resources for those interested in administering a survey to Temple students, faculty, and/or staff.

Temple University Survey Coordinating Committee

The Temple University Survey Coordinating Committee (TUSCC) aims to ensure that surveys are administered to members of the university community in a fair, timely, clear and efficient manner so as to maximize the usefulness of the information collected. TUSCC employs standards, criteria, and procedures with the intent to:

  • provide guidance on best practices for survey design and administration,
  • promote strong participation and response rates by monitoring the number and timing of survey administrations, particularly to a defined population,
  • ensure that administrations do not occur during critical points of the academic year including, opening weeks of the semester, study days, exam periods, and the administration period for end of semester course evaluations (Student Feedback Form, SFF) ,
  • protect student and employee populations from unsolicited survey requests,
  • reduce redundancy across surveys and when possible refer individuals to already publically available information,
  • track the level of survey research imposed on various university constituencies,
  • ensure that survey objectives and items align with the university’s or administering unit’s mission, goals and values,
  • encourage the communication and use of survey results within the Temple community and that information is used for continuous improvement.

View the list of Survey Committee members »

Approval Process for Surveys of Students, Faculty, and/or Staff

If an office, department, or individual is interested in administering a survey to a large group or sample from the Temple community, the survey representative must first complete an application, specifying the purpose, design, and timeframe of the proposed survey. This application should be electronically submitted to surveys@temple.edu.

To assure the protection of human subjects and to comply with federal law, Temple University requires that, prior to initiation, all research projects involving human subjects be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Studies with IRB approval may require additional approval of the survey committee, who meets regularly and reviews applications for surveys. Applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible, but the TUSCC often requires additional information, which may add time that should be included in the survey administration schedule. Please review the following documents prior to completing a survey application.

Before developing a survey, consider this... »

Determine if your survey needs to be approved, reviewed, and/or sponsored »

Temple University Institutional Survey Application for Approval »

TU Survey Administration Application Sample »

Additional information may be found at the Temple University IRB website»

Note: Except under rare circumstances, survey research requests from students will not be approved. An exception may be made if the research meets the relevant good practices requirements and is approved by the TUSCC, and the survey is approved by the student's Dean and is sent out under the Dean's auspices.

Services and Assistance Available

There are resources available to the University community to assist in the development, administration, and analysis of surveys. The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (IRA) coordinates these services, which include:

  • survey design and development
  • determination of methodologies for collecting data
  • selection of population sample
  • administration of surveys (paper-based and electronic)
  • analytical techniques

For additional information, contact Jancy Munguia at jancy.munguia@temple.edu or (215) 204-4290.