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DATA COLLECTION AND SOURCES

"Just Facts HWS" is a data collection and reporting initiative designed to present facts about HWS students. Most of the facts are drawn from survey databases although some information is reported based on data collected using other research methodologies. Only the most accurate information available, based on representative data about HWS students, are provided here. Some of these facts may be personally surprising, affirming or disturbing. Many of the facts are presented with the intention of challenging commonly held misperceptions and generating conversation about actual characteristics of the HWS community. Research demonstrates that people frequently misperceive peer attitudes and behaviors and may be influenced by these misperceptions.

A list and description of sources used include:

Anonymous Late Night BACs by Alcohol Breath Analysis

Students in Professor David Craig’s research group in the chemistry department have been engaged in conducting anonymous late night blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measurements by breath test with a linked survey since 2003. Data collection stations are set up just inside the entrance to residence halls between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. A random sample of individuals are invited to participate as they pass through the residence hall entrance. Breath tests are conducted anonymously and double-blind. Instruments only display a sample number. Neither researcher nor subject knows the BAC at the time of the measurement. Results are downloaded the next day and posted to a website by sample number. This allows subjects to go to the website and to find out what their BAC was anonymously. 2,758 anonymous breath tests have been conducted since the beginning of this project through fall 2012. This research has been designed to assess the degree of alcohol exposure to HWS students that are out-and-about late at night on school nights and weekend nights. For more information about this project, click here. For more information about specific facts drawn from this research, contact Professor David Craig (craig@hws.edu).

60 Second HWS JustFACTS Surveys

The "60 Second JustFACTS Surveys" are anonymous surveys designed by the JustFACTS team that ask 5-6 short questions on a topic of interest to the HWS community. For example, the first two surveys were devoted to the topics of sexual assault attitudes and green behaviors, respectively. Survey invitations are delivered by electronic mail to every student on campus or a specified subpopulation. Data collection lasts for approximately five days. The web based survey is designed to work on smart phones or on a computer with a web browser. The first survey was launched in Spring 2012. Click here to view copies of the surveys and the results that we have found. For more information about specific HWS facts drawn from these surveys, contact Professor Wesley Perkins (perkins@hws.edu) or Professor David Craig (craig@hws.edu).

Survey of All First Year Entering Students at HWS

Cooperative Institutional Research Program's "CIRP Freshman Survey" is a paper survey provided for use by schools nationally by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA. The survey is designed to collect information on a broad range of student demographic characteristics as well as social attitudes and experiences of the previous year. The survey has been administered at HWS annually since 1989 to all incoming first-year students during the Orientation period prior to the beginning of classes. It is designed to provide comprehensive information on an institution's incoming first-year students. For more information about the survey instrument see http://www.heri.ucla.edu/cirpoverview.php. For more information about specific HWS facts drawn from this survey, contact Professor Wesley Perkins (perkins@hws.edu).

Graduating HWS Seniors Survey

The "Senior Survey" is designed by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium and has been used by many schools in recent decades. It is administered to college seniors just prior to graduation. The survey is designed to collect information on a broad range of student characteristics including future vocational and academic plans, social attitudes, and assessments of learning experiences and services provided by HWS during a student's undergraduate years. From 1993 to 2008 it was administered annually as a paper survey at HWS. In spring 2011, it was reintroduced at HWS as an online survey. For more information about the HEDS organization see http://www.e-heds.org. For more information about specific HWS facts drawn from this survey, contact Professor Wesley Perkins (perkins@hws.edu).

Survey of Student-Athletes

The "Survey of Student-Athlete Norms" was designed by researchers at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for use in surveying collegiate student-athletes. The survey has also been used by several NCAA Division III schools throughout the country. This anonymous online survey collects data on student-athletes' academic, athletic, and social activities and interests and also includes several health and wellbeing measures. All HWS student-athletes were invited to participate in the survey in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010. For more information about the survey instrument and its uses see http://www.socialnormsurveys.org and http://www.alcoholeducationproject.org/mvp/index.html. For more information about specific HWS facts drawn from this survey, contact Professor Wesley Perkins (perkins@hws.edu) or Professor David Craig (craig@hws.edu).

National Collegiate Health Assessment Survey

The National Collegiate Health Assessment (NCHA) Survey is an anonymous paper or online survey designed and provided to schools nationally by the American College Health Association. It collects an extensive range of information pertaining to college student mental and physical health and wellbeing. All students at HWS were invited to participate anonymously online each year from 2007 to 2010. For more information about the NCHA survey see http://www.achancha.org. For more information about specific HWS facts drawn from this survey, contact Professor Wesley Perkins (perkins@hws.edu).

BIDS 295 Survey

The "Survey of Student Alcohol Norms" is an anonymous survey designed by faculty and students associated with an HWS course on Alcohol Use and Abuse (BIDS 295). The survey primarily concentrates on a wide range of perceptions, attitudes and behaviors concerning student alcohol use. It also includes some other questions about social and academic life in college. All HWS students were invited to participate anonymously online during the spring term of 2011. To view the survey, see http://www.socialnormsurveys.org/scripts/rws5.pl?FORM=CollAlcohol-11Stest (use "test" for the password). For more information about specific HWS facts drawn from this survey, contact Professor Wesley Perkins (perkins@hws.edu) or Professor David Craig (craig@hws.edu).

REPORTING THE FACTS

At Hobart and William Smith, actual facts about student attitudes, behaviors, and other social characteristics are communicated through a poster campaign, on two touch-screens, and on static computer screens located throughout campus.

More information about the importance of reporting these facts can be found by clicking here.