Survey Fatigue—Literature Search and Analysis of Implications for Student Affairs Policies and Practices


  • Barry Fass-Holmes University California San Diego


non-response, participation, response rate, student affairs, students, survey, survey fatigue, undergraduates


Undergraduates’ low participation/response rates on interdisciplinary (campus-wide) and disciplinary (specific department) surveys have been attributed to survey fatigue. To investigate this attribution’s merits, the present study conducted a systematic literature search ( five electronic databases plus one search engine) and critiqued findings of relevant publications returned by the search. This study found that (a) survey fatigue has not been rigorously defined, (b) the number of relevant peer-reviewed publications is unexpectedly limited, and (c) their findings are contradictory. These results have implications for policies and practices that restrict undergraduate survey administrations to minimize survey fatigue and boost participation/response rates. The present report recommends improving undergraduates’ participation/response rates by requiring instruction about surveys combined with assessments of student learning outcomes.


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Author Biography

Barry Fass-Holmes, University California San Diego

BARRY FASS-HOLMES, PhD, is the Analytical Studies Coordinator for the International Students & Programs Office at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include international students’ academic achievement, academic integrity, and survey participation. Email:


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Fass-Holmes, B. (2022). Survey Fatigue—Literature Search and Analysis of Implications for Student Affairs Policies and Practices. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 11(1), 56–73. Retrieved from