May 22, 2024

Zarca Online Survey Tool to Be Retired

In an effort to improve on the quality of tools available for faculty, staff and student research efforts, the University official online survey tool (Zarca) will be replaced by Qualtrics software effective July 1, 2015.

Over the past 8 years, Zarca has provided a platform through which several micro and macro scale surveys were deployed within and outside the university. These surveys have garnered data that have been used for both research and administrative purposes. Like other technologies, online survey tools have evolved over the past several years. While it is unlikely that a survey tool meets all end users requirements, Mary Washington is committed to providing tools that are most effective in meeting your needs.

Qualtrics software (provided by Qualtrics<>) is a premier online survey platform for creating survey instruments, distribution of the surveys, storage and analysis of survey data. Qualtrics is a web-based application and is accessible to all faculty, staff and students from anywhere in the world at  Some features of Qualtrics software include audio and video presentation, collaboration within and outside the university, complex research designs using survey flow, display logic, randomization tool, data migration to SPSS, Excel, XML, and cool-looking graphs and tables available for direct export. More information on Qualtrics software and how to create a Qualtrics account will be available on the Office of Institutional Analysis and Effectiveness website shortly.

As we transition to Qualtrics, it is recommended that individuals and administrative units with Zarca accounts download their surveys and associated data prior to the expiration of the software.

Zarca software will continue to be available for use until June 30, 2015. However, if you plan to deploy surveys that extend beyond that date, you are advised to use Qualtrics for creating your surveys as this will ensure your surveys are accessible beyond the transition period.

If you have any comments, concerns or questions, please contact the Office of Institutional Analysis and Effectiveness at 540-654-1048 or send an email to Taiwo Ande at or Pam Lowery at