Surveys | Campus Climate

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The Campus Climate Survey has been conducted by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment since 1992. The survey is used to collect data about student satisfaction with various aspects of campus life. The focus on the survey changes each year to reflect the university's information needs. The survey is currently conducted every other spring.

Undergraduate Selected Results - Spring 2013

Academic Experiences

  • Courses and Program Satisfaction: Overall, undergraduate students are satisfied with the amount they learn in their classes (78%) and the quality of their classes (78%). More students reported being satisfied with what they learn in their major classes (87%) and the quality of the major classes (90%). Eighty-seven percent of undergraduate students feel that their program provides them with a well-rounded base of knowledge in their field.
  • Faculty/Student Interactions: The majority of undergraduate students agree that, overall, they are satisfied with the quality of instructors (86%), and that faculty are accessible (89%). Moreover, 93% of students are satisfied with the quality of the instructors in their major, and 89% find faculty in their major are accessible.
Student Services

Among the services rated positively by the largest percentages of students were: Bender Library, AU sponsored email, Shuttle Services, Career Services and Campus Computing Labs. Most students say they feel safe while on campus (91%).

Campus Experience
  • Diversity: Undergraduate students agree that their views and perspective are treated respectfully by instructors (92%) and other students (83%). Eighty-four percent agree that their courses and program presents perspectives sensitive to issues of diversity. Most undergraduate students agree that the AU community demonstrates an interest in other cultures and global issues (97%).
  • AU Experience: Eighty-two percent of undergraduate students say they are satisfied with their experience as an AU student, and 91% plan to finish their degree at AU.

Graduate Selected Results - Spring 2013

Academic Experience

  • Courses and Program Satisfaction: The majority of graduate students feel that courses are demanding and require high standards of performance (90%), and 88% say their program is intellectually challenging. Overall, 86% report being satisfied with their program. Ninety-one percent of graduate students say that other students are generally conscientious and care about their studies.
  • Faculty/Student Interactions: Most graduate students are satisfied with the quality of faculty (90%) and find that faculty are accessible (91%).
Student Services

Graduate students were most likely to be satisfied with the following services: Bender Library, Public Safety, Campus Computing Labs and Human Resources. Most graduate students say they feel safe while on campus (94%).

Campus Experience
  • Diversity: Graduate students agree that their views and perspective are treated respectfully by instructors (96%) and other students (96%). Eighty-seven percent agree that their courses and program present perspectives sensitive to issues of diversity. Furthermore, graduate students find that the AU community demonstrates an interest in other cultures and global issues (97%), and a respect for diverse views and perspectives (92%).
  • Community Engagement: The majority of graduate students agree that the AU community demonstrates a commitment to public service and community services (95%).
  • AU Experience: Generally, graduate students find that they are satisfied with their experience as an AU student (88%).


Latest Survey Report
- Spring 2013
(available to selected AU community members)