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Alumni Survey 


In 2017, Institutional Research at Reed is conducting a survey of alumni 5, 10, 15, and 20 years post graduation. Going forward, the survey, administered by HEDS Alumni Survey, will be conducted every other year.

The HEDS Alumni Survey asks alumni about the quality and impact of their undergraduate educational experiences, including cocurricular activities such as internships, study abroad, and community service. The survey also asks alumni to evaluate the impact of their undergraduate education on their postgraduate critical thinking, problem-solving, and other learning outcomes. Finally, the survey asks about postgraduate employment, college satisfaction, and college debt.

We recognize the HEDS Alumni Survey is not specific to the Reed experience. Some questions asked may not be relevant to Reed. However, it will give us valuable comparative data.

Making an Impact With the Results

Alumni participation is important. The results of the survey will be used to inform key audiences about the impact of Reed on alumni. The results will be used

  • As a resource of information for advising, student education, and student career development;
  • As an evaluative tool for the quality and/or use of student support services;
  • As feedback for faculty and staff for program development;
  • As a resource for the recruitment of new students.  


The survey will be analyzed by Institutional Research at Reed and conform to high standards for the treatment of confidential data. The survey is confidential but not anonymous. Anonymous surveys make it impossible to prevent multiple responses per person or to send reminders only to non-respondents. Results will be aggregated for all reporting such that the identity of specific individuals cannot be inferred.

2017 Survey Timeline

The 2017 survey timeline is as follows.

April 20: Survey live. Email sent to the alumni cohorts. (Inclusion of two class years for each population for statistical validity.)

(5 year)   Classes 2011 + 2012
(10 year) Classes 2006 + 2007
(15 year) Classes 2001 + 2002
(20 year) Classes 1996 + 1997

May 28: Survey concludes.

June 6-11: Preliminary results shared with alumni at Reed Reunions

TBD: Final results posted on this website. 


If you have any questions regarding the alumni survey, please contact alumni@reed.edu or 503/777-7589.