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WSU slowly closes gap between peer schools
October 13, 2006

Results from the 2006 National Survey of Student Engagement arrived about seven weeks ago, gripping the attention of many administrators — especially those in Student Affairs. Here’s the bottom line: Washington State University made significant advancements in several areas, declined in others, but overall remains below the average of its peers in all five major categories. “In most categories we’re in or near the 40th to 50th percentile compared to our peers,” said Randy Jorgensen, associate director of Student Affairs research, who has been working with WSU’s NSSE (pronounced ness-see) results since they arrived. “In some categories we made some significant gains, while in others … » More …

Libraries ask ‘How are we doing?’
March 31, 2006

WSU Libraries want to know how students, staff and faculty perceive the quality of library services. On March 27, the libraries administered an online survey to about 5,000 randomly selected faculty, staff and undergraduate and graduate students to determine their views on the value of academic library service. “We really want to know what people think,” said Sarah McCord, electronic resources librarian for the WSU Health Sciences Library and a primary investigator for the survey project. The survey, called LibQUAL+™, was developed by Texas A&M University and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). It was funded by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement … » More …

Employee survey shows wide success; some need work
February 3, 2006

The most recent in a series of WSU surveys shows employees remain committed to the goals of the strategic plan and perceive WSU as a high-quality institution. And while staff attitudes and information experiences have improved, the survey shows that more work in those areas can be done to assist faculty. Surveys and focus-group discussions were done in 2001, 2003 and spring 2005 concerning employee views on internal communication, commitment to WSU’s strategic goals and views on university identity. These assessments assist the administration in planning and implementing communication systems and events designed to improve internal communication at WSU. Patty Sias, associate professor, Murrow School … » More …

Insights on asking better survey questions
October 28, 2005

Suppose you want to find out what your students think about your course; maybe not the content, so much, but how you’re teaching it. It sounds simple enough, but even the simplest of surveys requires forethought.“Writing good questions is not easy,” warns Don Dillman, WSU Regents Professor and expert in survey methodology.“The first thing I usually suggest to people is to keep questions short and simple,” Dillman said. “Sometimes people use several sentences when one sentence will do.”“I always ask myself for each question in a survey, ‘Will it make sense to the respondent?’ ” he said. “If it doesn’t make sense to them, it … » More …

Research answers questions about questions and answers
October 28, 2005

In Don Dillman’s world, there is no such thing as a simple question. Context matters. Context always matters. How else do you explain why 70.2 percent of WSU students in one Web survey said they typically study 2.5 hours or less per day, while in answer to exactly the same question, only 28.9 percent of students in a separate Web survey conducted simultaneously said they study that much or less? A third Web survey of students, answering the identical question, revealed that 42.2 percent of respondents studied 2.5 hours or less. The answer, says Dillman, an expert in survey methodology, is in the answer. Or … » More …

Sensitive survey asks if students feel safe
April 8, 2005

In an attempt to gain insight on student safety on campus, Washington State University’s Office of the President is funding a student personal safety survey, which will be administered to WSU students through the end of April. The survey, which is the first comprehensive survey distributed at WSU on the topic of safety, is spearheaded by Samantha Swindell, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, and Gretal Leibnitz, an administrator for the Health Promotion Unit of Health and Wellness Services. “We want a student perception of safety on campus,” Leibnitz said. “The survey is a response to student interest, and it shows that … » More …

WSU paces trend of more state funding
January 7, 2005

State support for postsecondary education crept higher nationwide this fiscal year, according to a nationwide survey, and WSU paralleled that trend.In the budgets that states adopted for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, total appropriations for higher education rose by 3.8 percent, to $63 billion, from the year before, said a survey conducted by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University. Survey results were reported in a recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.At WSU, the operating budget for 2003-2004 was $186,232,200, said Joan King, associate budget director-operations. The operating budget for 2004-2005 rose to $191,246,000 or an increase of about … » More …

Survey addresses student interest in recruiting businesses
November 5, 2004

The Associated Students of Washington State University last month co-sponsored a student-administered survey with the Pullman Chamber of Commerce to find out what businesses students would like to see come to town. More than 20 students from Professor Donald Stem’s marketing research course have tabulated the preliminary findings of the survey. With the results, ASWSU and the chamber of commerce hope to quantify student interest in certain businesses. According to Fritz Hughes, director of the chamber of commerce, the results could be used to recruit popular businesses that require a population minimum. “Businesses do very well in Pullman once they get here,” ASWSU President Brea … » More …

Six drawing winners announced from WSU Today reader survey
May 7, 2004

Six winners have been named in the WSU Today Readership Survey drawing.The survey included more than 700 participants universitywide. A big thank you is extended to all who participated. This input will help shape the editorial content of WSU Today in the future. Survey responses are being reviewed and tallied, and a summary report is slated to be published in the June 18 issue of WSU Today and posted on the WSU Today website.Survey drawing winners and their prizes include:* $20 gift certificates to the WSU Bookie — Jeanie Wolf, fiscal specialist, WSU Spokane; Sarah McCord, reference librarian, Health Sciences Library (Pullman); Judi Wutzke, administrative … » More …

Six readership survey drawing winners announced
April 28, 2004

Six winners have been randomly selected and named in the WSU Today Readership Survey drawing. Approximately 700 university employees partcipated in the survey, held in late March and early April. Responses are being reviewed and tallied and a summary report will be published in the June 18 issue of WSU Today and posted on the WSU Today website.A big thank you to all who participated in the survey. Three people won a $20 gift certificate to the WSU Bookie: 550, 333, 6; and two people won a $15 gift certificate to Ferdinands. An additional drawing, for a $20 gift certificate to the Bookie, was held … » More …