Thank you for your interest in the Ithaka S+R COVID-19 Faculty Survey. Below you will find more information on the survey instrument, implementation steps, and process for signing up to participate.

What topics are included in the Ithaka S+R COVID-19 Faculty Survey?

The survey consists of questions on teaching practices, research practices, and institutional communications. There is also a set of demographic questions. It can be downloaded here.

When can my institution field the survey?

We are currently signing up institutions to implement end-of-term fieldwork. We recommend signing up to field the survey no later than the first week of December and fielding the survey in the last few weeks of your term or the weeks immediately following the end of your term. A separate instrument for mid-term fieldwork, that you can field in the spring semester, is also available; please email Christine Wolff-Eisenberg at for a copy.

How can my institution sign up to field the survey?

While this may vary from institution to institution, the provost, dean, or institutional research director will most likely need to sign on behalf of the institution. Any individual who is authorized to accept the terms on behalf of the institution can proceed with the agreement. You may want to confer with your institution’s legal counsel to determine if you have the authority to accept terms on behalf of the institution.

If you have the authority to agree to participation terms on behalf of your institution, please click here to review and agree to the terms for this initiative. You can choose to be the implementation contact on the project or appoint another institutional employee to serve in that role. A member of the Ithaka S+R project team will be in touch within 1-2 business days of when this form is submitted to move forward on next steps.

Can my college or university system or consortium participate? 

Yes. We have developed a model to scale up to an entire system or multiple institutions in a consortium at a low cost. Please contact us directly for information and to participate. 

What is the cost of implementing the survey?

There is a tiered fee structure based on Carnegie Classification:

  • Doctoral/research universities: $6,000
  • Master’s and baccalaureate institutions: $4,000
  • Associate’s colleges: $2,000

What information does my institution need to provide in order to implement the survey?

There are a few key pieces of information that we will need from the implementation contact at your institution in order to implement the survey, including:

  • An approximate timeline for fielding the survey
  • The participation incentives, if any, you will choose to offer
  • Names of individuals who will sign the invitation/reminder emails 
  • List of faculty contact information
  • Confirmation that your IT department will be able to whitelist our IP addresses (to ensure that invitation messages are not sent to a spam folder)
  • Sub-groups you wish to analyze separately in stratified dashboards (for example, by faculty demographics, research activities, or teaching activities)

How will I receive results from the survey?

We will provide in-real-time results as they are submitted in both aggregate and stratified format. Each institution that participates will receive three live dashboards of results: one of aggregate findings and two of stratified findings based on selected demographic groups. Once the survey closes, we will provide the final reports as well as the underlying dataset.

How many faculty members can I invite to take the survey?

Each participating institution can include up to 5,000 invitees. We generally recommend that institutions with fewer than 300 faculty members consult alternative methods for data collection and analysis.

How can I maximize the impact of the survey?

Participating institutions may want to enlist Ithaka S+R to analyze their survey findings, present results to campus leadership, and facilitate workshops to help translate analysis into action. We can:

Stratify results. Beyond the two reports of stratified results outlined above, we can provide additional cross-tabs that present findings by faculty role, field, instructional mode, and other demographic characteristics, allowing you to dig into sub-group responses to target support and outreach. Additional breakout reports are prepared for a fee of $500 for one stratification item (for example, faculty role) or $1,000 for a full set of cross-tabs.

Facilitate discussion. We can provide an analysis of the survey results in a presentation and facilitated discussion of findings with campus leadership. Ithaka S+R will provide strategic intelligence on areas of relative strength and weakness and provide institutionally-specific recommendations for improvement. The fee for this engagement is $2,500 for one 60 minute meeting (or two shorter meetings).

Advise on strategy. For many institutions, our survey is just one tool for examining faculty needs in planning for services and strategy. We can conduct interviews or focus groups, examine additional faculty activity data, and hold participatory design sessions. If you are interested in these customized offerings, we will work with you to design the right approach for your institution.

Are you also offering a student survey?

Yes. For more information, please see our COVID-19 Student Survey FAQs.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have any questions, please be in touch with Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, manager of surveys and research at Ithaka S+R, via email ( or phone (212-500-2369).