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. Presently, the survey is conducted every other spring.
Spring 2011 Undergraduate Selected Results
- Courses and Program Satisfaction: Overall, undergraduate students are satisfied with the amount they learn in their classes (79%) and the quality of their classes (79%). More students reported being satisfied with what they learn in their major classes (88%) and the quality of the major classes (91%). 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 (83%), and find it easy to consult with instructors outside of class (84%). Moreover, 92% of students are satisfied with the quality of the instructors in their major, and 89% find it easy to consult with instructors in their major.
Among the services rated positively by the largest percentages of students were: Bender Library, AU sponsored email, Human Resources, the Kogod Center for Career Development and the University Career Center's advising on job / internship searches and preparation. Overall, most students say they feel safe while on campus (94%).
- Diversity: Undergraduate students agree that instructors (94%) and other students (85%) respect and value their perspective. Eighty-five 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 (96%).
- AU Experience: Eighty-seven percent of undergraduate students say they are satisfied with their experience as an AU student, and 92% plan to finish their degree at AU.
Spring 2011 Graduate Selected Results
- Courses and Program Satisfaction: The majority of graduate students feel that courses are demanding and require high standards of performance (85%), and 86% say their program is intellectually challenging. Overall, 83% report being satisfied with their program. Eighty-nine 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 (87%), and find it is easy to consult with instructors outside of class (87%).
Graduate students were most likely to be satisfied with the following services: Bender Library's services, materials and on-line research tools, Human Resources, the quality of computer labs, AU sponsored email, overall support from Information Technology, and the attitude, helpfulness and courtesy of Public Safety officers. Overall, most graduate students say they feel safe while on campus (96%).Campus Experience
- Diversity: Graduate students agree that instructors (94%) and other students (93%) respect and value their perspective. Eighty-six 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 (90%).
- Community Engagement: Overall, the majority of graduate students agree that the AU community demonstrates a commitment to public service and community services (93%).
- AU Experience: Generally, graduate students find that they are satisfied with their experience as an AU student (83%).