Annual activities include:

  • Graduate and Alumni Surveys
  • Employer Surveys
  • Student Satisfaction Surveys

IPEDS is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually, which gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution in the United States and other jurisdictions (such as Puerto Rico) that participates in the federal student financial aid programs. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that institutions that participate in federal student aid programs report data on enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid. These data are made available to students and parents through the College Navigator and College Affordability and Transparency Center web sites, and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center.

IPEDS provides basic data needed to describe — and analyze trends in — postsecondary education in the United States, in terms of the numbers of students enrolled, financial aid used, staff employed, dollars expended, and degrees and certificates earned. Congress, federal agencies, state governments, education providers, professional associations, private businesses, media, students and parents, and others rely on IPEDS data for this basic information.  IPEDS data are used at the federal and state level for policy analysis and development and at the institutional level for benchmarking and peer analysis.

IPEDS also forms the institutional sampling frame for other NCES postsecondary surveys, such as the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study and the National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty. 

Graduate Survey

The Graduate Survey is administered online to each year’s graduates and measures students’ perceptions of their experience at Oakland City University, ascertains their level of confidence that their course of study prepared them for employment or advanced study, and determines their employment status, future employment and/or educational plans, and, if applicable, their acceptance into an advanced degree program.

Alumni Survey

The Alumni Survey is administered online to all alumni of the University. This survey gathers some basic demographic information, measures the alumni’s perceptions of their experience at Oakland City University, determines their educational and employment status, and ascertains how their educational experiences at Oakland City University prepared them for their employment and/or advanced study.

Past Graduate and Alumni surveys were administered together and their data combined into a single report. 

Data concerning employment can provide needed insight into course and program development. In order to better serve employers’ needs, OCU’s Office of Institutional Assessment conducts an employer survey each year targeting past and current employers of OCU graduates as well as those employers who have indicated an interest in hiring OCU students or graduates. Respondents have the opportunity to use an online survey tool or the paper form which is mailed via USPS.

The process of testing, advisement, and registration provides staff at OCU with the opportunity to assess student satisfaction with the enrollment process and office staff. Three times per year, incoming students complete the survey following registration activities.