How to sign up:

ACREO is designed as an assessment tool - our goal is to help you identify meaningful data around your students’ experience by measuring what students gain through distinct facets of your residential program. We are confident that results from this survey can help inform decisions at local and macro levels. 

As an institutional participant, you have the opportunity to obtain valuable data on how different residential environments affect your students’ experiences as well as contribute to a study with national and peer-level benchmarking. As a multi-institutional study, we occupy the intersection of assessment, research, and evaluation to help you make evidence-based decisions. 

The ACREO research team will provide the survey instrument as well as ongoing, individualized support to campuses to ensure ease of administration. Each participating campus will be partnered with a dedicated liaison on the research team to assist with execution. The survey itself is conducted through a simple online interface and will be administered to students during the Spring semester between spring break and final exams. The process is designed to be straightforward, with a minimal impact on time and resources for participating campuses.

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Benefits of Participation

Our research team will:

  • Secure IRB approval through The Ohio State University
  • Administer and manage the online survey
  • Send you a campus data file with your student responses to individual survey items
  • Develop a customized written data report with an executive summary specific to your campus
  • Benchmark your data with the national sample and peer institutions
  • Provide complete survey administration support from start to finish

2018 Study Timeline

March 1, 2017

Registration opens (see below for rate information and deadlines)

February 1, 2018

Registration deadline.

Spring 2018

Survey administration based on your schedule

Summer 2018

Data file and report delivered


To participate in ACREO, your institution will need to provide:

  • An assessment contact person
  • Signed participation commitment letter
  • Data file with student names and email addresses
  • Institutional logo

 

The ACREO team does the rest!

Packages & Pricing

 

ACREO is designed to be versatile and useful to student affairs professionals at all levels. Please let us know your main priorities with the study so we can develop the most effective report. 

 

STANDARD PACKAGE

With the Standard Package, you receive the following:

  • Cleaned and conditioned identified data set
  • Additional 10 custom questions asked on the survey and analyzed in the written report
  • Written report with
    • Cross tabulations of respondent demographics across residential environment
    • Mean response on all academic, intellectual, and social outcomes by residential environment
    • High/Medium/Low percentages on outcomes scales by residential environment
    • Benchmarking against peer, aspirational, and/or national sample
    • Additional analysis by institution-specific sub-populations 

SELECT PACKAGE

With the Select Package, you receive the following:

  • Cleaned and conditioned identified data set
  • Additional 10 custom questions asked on the survey and analyzed in the written report
  • Written report with
    • Cross tabulations of respondent demographics across residential environment
    • Mean response on all academic, intellectual, and social outcomes by residential environment
    • High/Medium/Low percentages on outcomes scales by residential environment
    • Benchmarking against peer, aspirational, and national sample
    • Analysis by institution-specific sub-populations
    • Benchmarking of specific residential environments against those at peer or aspirational institutions 
  • Additional written report with analysis of how student characteristics and engagement influence student outcomes 

BASIC PACKAGE

With the Basic Package, you receive the following:

  • Cleaned and conditioned data set
  • Written report with
    • Cross tabulations of respondent demographics across residential environment
    • Mean response on all academic, intellectual, and social outcomes by residential environment
    • High/Medium/Low percentages on outcomes scales by residential environment
    • Benchmarking against peer, aspirational, and/or national sample

 
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Basic Package $2000 $2200 $2500
Standard Package $3600 $4000 $4500
Select Package $5200 $5800 $6500
 

 

Click here for more information on the packages and pricing

Professor Mayhew is also available for individual consultations.

For information on specialized services: acreo@osu.edu.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Which campuses are eligible to participate in ACREO?

All four-year colleges and universities are welcome and eligible to participate. There are no baseline requirements in terms of having living learning programs on your campus: we've designed ACREO to be revealing for institutions with all types of residential environments.

What is the commitment expected from participating campuses?

Campuses must commit to administering the ACREO instrument at the time agreed upon with the ACREO team. The survey is generally administered during the Spring term. In terms of human resource commitments, institutions need to designate a person/department to provide the student contact and institutional data and advertise the survey. Institutional dedication to successful survey implementation will help assure strong survey response rates.

What if we're not sure if our school's programs fit that definition?

Please contact us! We recognize and admire the huge diversity of program designs around the country and want that diversity represented in ACREO. And because the survey measures what students experience, we're able to capture comparable data even from seemingly dissimilar programs.

We have multiple kinds of residential environments on our campus - can one administration of the survey assess all of them?

Absolutely.  The survey flexibly measures the student experience in any type of residential environment, even off-campus, in a way that breaks down the idiosyncrasies of each program into the important components (faculty interactions, staff interactions, peer interactions) and the important outcomes (sense of belonging, intent to persist, bystander intervention disposition, innovation intentions, etc.).

What kind of data about my campus will we receive if we participate?

Each campus will receive data sets and custom reports as well as a comparison group (to be determined) and the national data to use for benchmarking purposes.

What kind of incentives can be provided to encourage student response?

Each campus is free to design and implement a customized incentive program, within the IRB guidelines.

What kinds of support will the ACREO research team provide to help ensure successful administration?

Each institution will be assigned a dedicated contact person from the study team to help with administration set up and troubleshoot. This designated contact will provide resources to help you successfully implement the study as well as assist with any administration issues or concerns you may have.

What is the required sample for each campus?

Sample size is variable by campus. The study team is aware of the number of surveys given to college students and is sensitive to the survey schedule and sampling preferences of each campus. Larger sample sizes will help institutions capture more robust data, allowing for greater analysis flexibility with the final data set.

Are there additional packages a campus can purchase?

There are three packages available to participating institutions: a Basic Package, a Standard Package, and a Select Deluxe Package. You can learn more about what the packages offer and the pricing structure here.  Principal Investigator Matt Mayhew is also available for customized consultations.

What does the ACREO measure and how is the survey constructed?

Astin's (1993) I-E-O MOdel

Astin's (1993) I-E-O MOdel

ACREO is a student survey designed to help institutions assess the efficacy of their residential programs.  Based on Astin’s (1993) I-E-O model, ACREO measures a range of items to capture students’ input characteristics and environmental experiences (e.g. residential events, academic decisions and behaviors.)

Input Variables:

  • Demographic information
  • Residential status (e.g. LLP participant, off-campus housing, etc.)

Environmental Variables:

  • Campus climate by demographic
  • Curricular & co-curricular experiences
  • Academic major support
  • Peer interactions
  • Faculty interactions
  • Alcohol-related experiences
  • Use of residence hall resources
  • Perceptions of residence hall climate
  • Diverse interactions

Outcome Variables:

  • Bystander intervention disposition
  • Intention to innovate
  • Academic and social transition to college
  • Perceptions of intellectual abilities and growth
  • Perceptions of self-confidence
  • Appreciation of diversity
  • Sense of civic engagement
  • Alcohol use and behaviors
  • Persistence/drop-out risk
  • Overall satisfaction and sense of belonging

Where has ACREO survey been administered?

The study has been, and will be, administered to a diverse and representative sample of colleges and universities, which allows for national benchmarking. Our current sample includes over 2,800 students from 10 institutions, public and private, urban and rural, from New York to New Mexico. Seven additional institutions are signed up for administration this spring (2017).

States where ACREO has been administerd

States where ACREO has been administerd