Feb. 24, 2011

It's your turn: Participate in the third university life survey

by Anne Krapfl

It's time again to chime in on what you think of your university experience at Iowa State University. The third biennial University Life Survey, administered by the office of the executive vice president and provost, will be online through March 11. Previous surveys were conducted in the spring of 2007 and 2009.

All university employees and students will receive an e-mail this week from executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman inviting them to participate. To provide your input, select the link provided in the e-mail to be redirected to the survey. The survey contains the same 20 questions used in 2007 and 2009.

New strategic plan, same survey

As in previous years, the survey content addresses some of the goals in Iowa State's 2010-15 strategic plan, approved in September 2010 by the state Board of Regents, as well as the board's own strategic plan (2010-16).

For example, a key priority in Iowa State's current strategic plan is attracting outstanding students, faculty and staff who are able to address the challenges of the 21st century.

Questions address the quality of students, faculty and staff here and the tools/resources provided to them to complete their tasks; availability of enjoyable opportunities for all; attractiveness of the campus; commitment to diversity of people and ideas; and commitment to the environment, among others. It will take less than five minutes to complete.

Results will affect how the university recruits students and employees as well as central efforts to provide a positive working and learning environment for them.

"The issues the survey gets at are valid, regardless of the specific language in our university strategic plan," said Dawn Bratsch-Prince, associate provost for academic personnel. "We are curious to see what people think, and how their opinions compare to 2009 and 2007, particularly in light of the budget climate shift since the first survey."