Satisfaction Surveys

"The primary disadvantage of using surveys to assess student learning is that they provide only indirect evidence. They are self-reports from students about what they believe they have learned and what they perceive their academic skill levels to be; typically they measure satisfaction and impressions but do not generate information about deeper learning. . . Surveys, like other indirect methods, can support improvement of student learning if they are carefully constructed to delve deeply into students’ educational experience." Wright, B. Strengths and Weaknesses: Tests, Portfolios, Interviews, Surveys, and Inventories.