SERU Consortium offers a benchmarking survey on the impact of COVID-19

May 18, 2020

The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium is supporting research universities worldwide during the pandemic. The Consortium has developed a special short survey on the impact of COVID-19 on the student experience at research-intensive universities in the US and internationally. The survey was designed to take less than ten minutes to complete and appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate/professional students.

Currently, more than a dozen SERU member universities in the US and internationally signed up to administer this survey in May-June 2020. We are also inviting selected non-member research universities to also administer the survey.

The SERU COVID-19 Survey assesses 5 areas of the student experience for both undergraduates and graduate students impacted by the pandemic and campus closures: (1) the transition to remote instruction, (2) the financial impact of COVID-19 on students, (3) student health and wellbeing, (4) belonging and engagement, and (5) future plans. The findings from the survey will inform an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to the research on inequalities in higher education.

Each participating university will be provided with the institutional dataset and interactive Tableau dashboards that visualize the results benchmarked against other participating institutions. Individual items from the SERU COVID-19 Survey can be adapted/adopted by institutions with attribution.
If your university is interested in administering this survey and getting benchmark data for R1 universities, please contact Igor Chirikov, SERU Consortium Director ( or Daniel Jones-White, SERU North American Division Managing Director (

We would like to support as many universities as possible in their data-collection efforts related to the pandemic. If your university is interested in adapting selected survey items from the SERU COVID-19 instrument and including them in your own survey, you are welcome to do so, with attribution.

SERU COVID-19 survey instrument