Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment

Types of Survey Questions



These questions (often seen as comment boxes) allow the respondent to give more in-depth information, in their own words.  For example, “What do you like best about Rose-Hulman?”


These questions give the respondents a fixed set of options to choose from.

Likert Scale Example:

Overall, how would you rate this course?

Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor

Multiple-Choice Example:

Which college guide did you find most useful?

Barron’s, College Board, Newsweek, Peterson’s, Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report

Ordinal Example:

Please rank the following aspects, where 1 = most important and 5 = least important, in terms of how important they were to you when choosing a college.  Please use each number only once.

Academic Reputation, Campus Location, Class Size, Financial Aid, Athletics

Categorical Example:

What is your gender?

Male, Female

(Although, the information obtained in many categorical questions can be obtained directly through Banner, thus no question is necessary.)

Numerical Example:

How many hours do you plan to study during your first year at Rose-Hulman?

0, 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21+


Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Any survey that falls into the cateogry of “research” as defined by the Human Research Protection Policy (a systematic investigation, including research, development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge, as defined by the Human Research Protection Policy) will need to have IRB approval prior to being available on Banner Web/Angel.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Human Research Protection Policy

Application for Review of Research Involving Human Participants

Informed Consent Template for Research


Data Responsibility Consent Form

To be completed by students needing Institute data (directory information as allowed by FERPA) for classroom-related proejcts and assignments.

Data Responsibility Consent Form