I have a hypothetical question. If through the schools approval I was needing to send out a survey to all of the students of Dixie State University could that be done through canvas and if so how would that be able to be accomplished?
If you use an external(non-canvas) survey tool, you could have the administrators of your canvas instance creating an global announcement to all students containing information and link to the survey.
This is a good idea, especially now that mobile supports Global Announcements. No matter how students log-in to Canvas, they will see the announcement.
I agree with this, too. I am pretty sure there are survey tools out there (not at all related to Canvas) that could send out a survey to your students via e-mail as well, and everything is collected via the survey tool. SurveyMonkey is the one that comes to mind, but I'm sure there are others, too.