ISQ method

Questioner: Matthew Corrigan

Posted to: Jay Coleman, Interim Associate Provost or Marianne Jaffee, Executive Assistant to the Provost

“I think it would be helpful, since we’re doing a new ISQ method, which we see if there are any differences between going totally online and what we did before, in terms of response rates, in terms of means on particular questions, in terms of demographics of students who are answering the questions. So, when you get a chance, could you try to make those comparisons, maybe from last fall – you know, the previous fall? That would be helpful. Thanks.”

In responding of Online ISQs from Dan Richard, Director Office of the Faculty Enhancement:

Response: From Dr. Dan Richard

In the Spring of 2014, the Provost asked Dan Richard, OFE Director, to establish a task force to address questions about the online ISQ method. The Task Force was organized to include representation from across colleges and affected units. The ISQ Task Force met twice in the Spring of 2014 and once (so far) in the Fall of 2014. Of major concern was the drop in response rates between face-to-face administration of the ISQ and the online version and the potential for this drop in response rates to affect the validity and subsequent interpretation of the instrument. Response rates for the face-to-face administration of the ISQ tended to range around 70%. The Online ISQ in the Fall of 2013 and Spring 2014 had response rates in the 50-60% range. At the end of the Spring 2014 semester, the Task Force indicated that more evidence was needed to determine the impact of the online administration and to address the impact of lower response rates. Although some analysis has been completed, additional analyses are being conducted currently. The Task Force also will address the ease of access for students to the Online ISQ and the length and content of the survey. The ISQ Task Force has meetings scheduled once every two weeks, including an upcoming meeting on October 8th at 1:30 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room. Questions, comments, and suggestions for the Task Force should be forwarded to Dan Richard at A complete answer to Dr. Corrigan’s questions will be forwarded in about one month as a more complete analysis of the data is in its final stages.

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