Sample Monthly Polls and Surveys

Using assessments to guide your work adds value to your role and credibility to the parent/family program field. The AHEPPP Research and Assessment Committee wants to assist you in your assessments. Below are five poll questions (typically used monthly) and five survey items for a larger-scale parent assessment, as well as response options for all questions. Please use these items, and share your findings with us!*

Monthly Polls
Parent Survey Options

 *a platform to share your results will be available in January. If you use the questions before then, please send results to Chelsea Petree, Chair of the Research & Assessment Committee (chelsea.petree@rit.edu)


 

Monthly Polls 

1. For what life skill does your student currently need the most guidance? (suggested months: September or February)

  • Career guidance
  • Cooking
  • Financial management
  • Health/wellness management
  • Home maintenance
  • Organizational skills
  • Relationship/social skills
  • Street smarts
  • Time management
  • Other

2. What topic is most difficult for you to discuss with your student? (November or April)

  • Academics
  • Careers
  • Finances
  • Mental health
  • Physical health
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Romantic relationships
  • Safety
  • Other

3. How often do you communicate with your student? (September or March)

  • At least once a day
  • At least once a week
  • At least once a month
  • Almost never

4. During this semester, on what topic regarding your student did you personally contact [institution]? (Suggested months: January or June)

  • Academics
  • Billing
  • Career planning
  • Financial Aid
  • Involvement opportunities
  • Mental health or wellness
  • Physical health
  • Roommate or housing concern
  • Safety
  • Time management or study skills
  • Other
  • I did not contact [institution]

5. Have you asked this semester if your student’s budget is still on track? (Suggested month: October or March)

  • Yes-we talked and they are on track
  • Yes-we talked and adjustments are needed
  • No, but I plan to
  • No, it is my student’s responsibility
  • My student does not have a budget

Parent Survey Question Options

1. This year, what has been your greatest concern regarding your student?

  • Academics
  • Campus or community involvement opportunities
  • Career planning
  • Finances
  • Living situations
  • Mental health
  • Personal relationships
  • Physical health
  • Safety
  • Time management/study skills
  • Other­­__________
  • None

2. This year, on what topic has your student most requested your assistance or advice?

  • Academics
  • Campus or community involvement opportunities
  • Career planning
  • Finances
  • Living situations
  • Mental health
  • Personal relationships
  • Physical health
  • Safety
  • Time management/study skills
  • Other­­__________
  • None

3. How familiar are you with campus resources in the following areas? [Response options for each item: familiar; moderately familiar; slightly familiar; not at all familiar]

  • Academics
  • Campus or community involvement opportunities
  • Career planning
  • Finances
  • Living situations
  • Mental health
  • Personal relationships
  • Physical health
  • Safety
  • Time management/study skills

4. What information do you typically look for when visiting the parent website? [choose top 3]

  • Read/review parent newsletters
  • Information about how to support my student’s academic life
  • Information about how to support my student’s personal/social life
  • Parent event information (e.g. Family Orientation; Family Weekend)
  • Cost of attendance (tuition; housing; dining; etc)
  • Pictures and videos of campus
  • Information about FERPA and parent access
  • Other___________

5. Have you discussed with your student any of the information you have seen in the newsletter or on the parent website or the Facebook page? [edit to fit institution’s parent communications]

  • Yes
  • No