Thank you for your continued interest in determining the levels of thriving within your student population. Because we believe that monitoring your students’ thriving may be even more important during a period of disruption and turbulence, our plan is to keep registration open and allow institutions to register as they see fit. We cannot at this time quantify the effect of COVID-19-related disruptions on survey results, but we plan to conduct a preliminary analysis by early June. We recognize that campus disruptions could affect your response rates, but also how students perceive the campus community and their relationships with faculty.

Institutions administering the Thriving Quotient or Sophomore Experiences Survey after March 9th will not be part of the 2019-20 national norms. We will create a separate set of norms for “COVID-19” surveys—those administered between March 9 and June 10, 2020.  

If you have questions about whether or not your institution should participate, or about how the process will work during this time, please reach out via email. Our staff are working remotely and will respond via email as soon as they are able. Thanks for your patience!

A research initiative at Azusa Pacific University


Dr. Laurie Schreiner

Dr. Laurie Schreiner is Professor and Chair of the Doctoral Programs in Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University in southern California, having spent 30 years in higher education as a psychology professor and associate academic dean after receiving her PhD in Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Co-author of The Student Satisfaction Inventory that is used on over 1600 campuses across the US and Canada, she has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on positive psychology, engaged learning, sophomore success, faculty development, and advising.


She also has consulted with over 100 colleges and universities on issues of student success, strengths-based education, retention, academic advising, student satisfaction, and effective teaching strategies.  She has been principal investigator on two federal grants to promote student success and retention and has directed national projects on retention and student satisfaction.

The Sophomore Experiences Survey is a highly reliable and valid instrument that has been used on over 150 campuses with more than 25,000 sophomores since 2007. Findings from our sophomore research have significantly influenced how many campuses are structuring their work with sophomores.   


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