ACA 2011 SERU Presentation (2/9/11)

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Presentation by Dr. Gale Stewart, Director of Assessment for Student Affairs and Research Associate Lauren Ratliff from the Office of the President. Explains SERU and importance of student participation.

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ACA 2011 SERU Presentation (2/9/11)

  1. 1. 2011 Student Experience in the Research University (SERU): The Ultimate Student Survey<br />A project sponsored by <br />the Office of the President, <br />the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, <br />and the Division of Student Affairs<br />1<br />
  2. 2. Background<br />Developed by UC-Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education <br />Administered online in the UC from 2002-present<br />Focused on understanding student experience at large research universities<br />Designed as longitudinal study using census of all undergraduates<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Recent History<br />Research institutions outside UC began participation in 2008<br />Other institutions include: Rutgers, U Florida, U Michigan, U Minnesota, U Oregon, U Pittsburgh <br />UT Austin first participated in 2010<br />3<br />
  4. 4. SERU at UT Austin<br />Sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and the Division of Student Affairs<br />UT joined the project late in 2009<br />Did not have as much time to prepare as we would have liked<br />UT signed a 3-year contract with UC-Berkeley<br />AY 2010-2011 is Year 2<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Spring 2010 SERU Pilot Results<br />21% of students answered initial questions (n=7,365), however only 15% of students persisted through the entire instrument<br />Representativeness<br />Good representation by ethnicity and college<br />Over-representation of females<br />Under-representation of Freshmen<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Spring 2010 SERU Pilot Results<br />Website for results: www.utexas.edu/seru<br />Areas covered include:<br />Time allocation<br />Academic and Personal Development<br />Academic Engagement<br />Evaluation of the Major<br />Cost of Education<br />Background Information<br />Campus Climate for Diversity<br />Family Education Levels<br />6<br />
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  10. 10. Spring 2010 SERU SampleFindings<br />58% of students often* raised his/her standard for acceptable effort due to the high standards of a faculty member<br />59% often* communicated with a faculty member by email or in person<br />43% often* interacted with faculty during lecture class sessions<br />32% often* talked with the instructor outside of class about issues or concepts derived from the course<br />*Often = somewhat often + often + very often<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Spring 2010 SERU SampleFindings<br />83% were satisfied* with the variety of courses available in their major<br />92% were satisfied* with the quality of upper division courses in their major<br />91% were satisfied* with their access to faculty outside of class<br />Most important factors in deciding on their major: <br />(1) Interest in subject area<br />(2) Intellectual curiosity<br />(3) Preparation for a fulfilling career<br />*Satisfied = somewhat satisfied + satisfied + very satisfied<br />11<br />
  12. 12. Spring 2010 SERU SampleFindings<br />91% agree* that they feel they belong at this campus<br />90% are satisfied** with their overall academic experience<br />86% are satisfied** with the value of the education for the price they’re paying<br />86% say that faculty provide prompt and useful feedback on student work (% “yes”)<br />*Agree = somewhat agree + agree + strongly agree<br />**Satisfied = somewhat satisfied + satisfied + very satisfied<br />12<br />
  13. 13. Plans for 2011<br />Launch date was Tuesday, February 1, 2011<br />Over 35,000 undergraduate students will be invited to participate via email<br />Non-respondents will be re-contacted weekly<br />Some by contacts within Colleges/Schools<br />Response rates will be updated regularly and posted online<br /> College Competitions planned<br />We hope to end data collection after Spring Break<br />13<br />
  14. 14. Response Rate<br />Getting a much higher response rate is critical<br />Higher response allows us to drill down to the academic program level<br />Higher response allows us to follow individual students longitudinally through their UT careers<br />14<br />
  15. 15. Marketing<br />Kick-off planned the first week of February<br />Banners and tables scheduled periodically throughout the first six weeks <br />Student support via SG and Senate<br />Articles in Daily Texan<br />Facebook and Twitter<br />Videos on TV monitors<br />Incentives: iPad, $250 toward books x 4, and tickets to basketball, baseball games<br />15<br />
  16. 16. YourHelp Is Important<br />Encourage your students to complete the survey<br />Enlist student participation via your department’s newsletter and/or email system<br />Tell your colleagues about the survey<br />Talk about the college competition – keep track of college response rates (www.utexas.edu/seru/responses.html) <br />Talk it up! <br />Contact us for results or for more information<br />16<br />
  17. 17. For More Information<br />Website for 2010 results:<br />www.utexas.edu/seru<br />Lauren Ratliff, Research Associate, Office of the President<br />Lauren_ratliff@yahoo.com<br />(512)232-8280<br />Gale Stuart, Ph.D., Director of Assessment, Division of Student Affairs<br />Gale.Stuart@austin.utexas.edu<br />(512)232-9608<br />Thank you!<br />17<br />

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