Common Data Set reports provide a collection of standard data items and definitions utilized by the broader higher education community. Many publishers requesting data from colleges and universities use these data elements as part of their surveys.
In even-numbered years, USD administers the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to all undergraduate freshmen and seniors. The NSSE is a survey-based assessment of student participation in activities associated with learning and personal development. Several NSSE measures serve as outcome indicators for the university's current strategic plan.
The Ruffalo Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) is administered in odd-numbered years to all students taking at least one on-campus course at USD. Prompting students to rate both the importance and the effectiveness of various campus services, this survey offers general "customer satisfaction" data for a range of university offices and activities.