The results of GUSA’s summer survey

Survey Says…

GUSA has compiled the results of their “Omnibus Student Survey,” the summer survey which polled the student body on everything from GUSA’s structure, student diversity, and GUTS buses, to student safety, academics, and the free newspaper program and earned its chief organizer, GUSA President Calen Angert (MSB `11) high marks on the Angertometer.

Here’s what the 1,020 student respondents said, according to an email from Angert (because of a glitch with UIS, the are no breakdowns available for individual questions):

  • 29 percent of students said they felt unrepresented by GUSA last year
  • 77 percent of respondents rated GUSA’s student advocacy track record “poor” or were unsure of how they felt, but 20 percent approved of their past programming
  • 66 percent felt that Georgetown is a diverse campus and the same number felt there is “sufficient programming, as organized by faculty and staff, on campus that engages students on the subject of diversity”
  • Over 90 percent said they would support a continuation of Saturday GUTS bus routes and an expanded GUTS route to include a bus to a grocery store (GUSA recently accomplished the latter)
  • 91 percent said they felt safe on campus, but two-thirds of respondents would like to see increased DPS patrols
  • 92 percent agreed that “the university fosters an environment that is conducive to intellectual learning.”
  • 89 percent said that they had read a free newspaper provided on campus by the Collegiate Readership Program that was recently suspended due to funding issues

After the jump, see all the results Angert provided in his e-mail!

“STUDENT GOVERNMENT

When asked, “To what extent do you feel represented by last year’s Student Government?” 29% of respondents felt as though they were not.

When asked, “In an effort to increase accountability and productivity, would you be in favor of a modification of the current student body structure?” 90% of respondents said yes.

When asked “How would you rate GUSA’s past performance on student advocacy matters?” 77% of respondents were unsure or thought poorly.

When asked, “How would you rate GUSA’s past performance on programming?” 20% of respondents responded “well” or “very well.”

When asked, “How knowledgeable do you feel about GUSA (how it works, what it does, etc)?” 18% of respondents considered themselves knowledgeable or very knowledgeable

DIVERSITY

When asked, “Do you feel that Georgetown is a diverse campus?” 66% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Do you feel your identity group is underrepresented on campus?” 69% of respondents disagreed.

When asked “Do you feel there is sufficient safe space on campus to openly express your ideas and opinions?” 75% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Do you feel that there is sufficient programming, as organized by faculty and staff, on campus that engages students on the subject of diversity?” 66% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Would you attend events geared at enhancing dialogue on the subject of diversity?” 37% of respondents said yes.

GUTS BUS

When asked, “Do you currently use the GUTS buses on Saturdays?” 89% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Do you use the GUTS buses on Sundays?” 75% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Are you in favor of continuing GUTS bus service on Saturdays?” 98% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “With the closing of the Wisconsin Avenue Safeway, which grocery store do you currently or plan to use in the current school year?” 28% of respondents replied Trader Joe’s, and 29% replied the Safeway located in Rosslyn.

When asked, “Would you support a modified GUTS bus schedule to include a grocery store?” 93% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Would you be in favor of a GUTS bus to basketball games?” 83% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Do you feel that the modified Dupont Circle GUTS bus route will adversely affect you in the coming school year?” 44% of respondents said yes.

EVENT E-MAILS

When asked, “How often do you read the daily and weekly event emails?” 61% of respondents said frequently or often.

When asked, “How often do you attend events as a result of these emails?” 44% of respondents replied sometimes and 29% replied rarely.

When asked, “Would you be in support of a centralized website for all event notification in lieu of emails?” 66% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Would you visit this website if it were created?” 73% of students said yes .

STUDENT SAFETY

When asked, “Over the past year did you generally feel safe on and around campus?” 91% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Would you feel safer if DPS patrols increased throughout the day and night?” 67% of respondents replied yes.

When asked, “Where would you like to see more patrols?” 73% of respondents said Burleith, 50% of respondents said West Georgetown, 49% said LXR/Lauinger, and 42% said Darnall/Henle/St. Mary’s.

When asked, “If given the opportunity, would you be willing to drive for SafeRides (on-call pickup)? 32% of respondents said yes.

CAREER CENTER

When asked, “Do you currently use the Georgetown Career Education Center?” 59% of respondents replied that they do not.

When asked, “Do you feel the Career Education Center is effective?” 61% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Do you feel the Career Education Center is approachable?” 66% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “If created, would you take a graduate school test familiarization class at a discounted rate? (LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, GRE)” 85% of respondents said yes.

INTELLECTUAL LIFE/STUDENT-FACULTY INTERACTION

When asked, “Do you feel that the university fosters an environment that is conducive to intellectual learning?” 92% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Do you feel that the university promotes intellectual life through programs and other initiatives?” 87% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “If offered, would you attend programs aimed at creating a more intellectual atmosphere?” 80% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Do you current feel that the student-professor interaction is adequate?” 55% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “If offered, would you participate in events aimed at enhancing student-professor relationships, (ie. a take your professor to lunchprogram)?” 89% of respondents said yes.

ATHLETICS

When asked, “Are you an NCAA athlete?” 4% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Do you attend athletic events on campus?” 77% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Would you attend more athletic events if more promotions (givaways) were offered?” 61% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Do you play a club sport?” 15% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “How satisfied are you with your club sports experience?” 99% of respondents said “satisfied” or “very satisfied.”

When asked, “Do you play intramural sports?” 31% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “How satisfied are you with your intramural experience?” 85% of respondents said “satisfied” or “very satisfied.”

GREEN INITIATIVES

When asked, “Do you feel that Georgetown is an eco-friendly campus?” 54% of respondents agreed.

When asked, “Do you feel Georgetown adequately addresses green initiatives on campus?” 47% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Do you think there are enough convenient recycling bins on campus?” 48% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Do you feel that there are convenient ways to recycle/donate your books and clothes on campus?” 51% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “During year-end move-out, do you find it easy to donate items you no longer want but could be re-used?” 53% of respondents said yes.

When asked, “Do you think that Georgetown University Dining offers enough organic food options?” 36% of respondents said yes.

READERSHIP PROGRAM

When asked, “During the past school year did you use the free newspapers located around campus provided by the College Readership program?” 89% of respondents said yes”

One Comment on “The results of GUSA’s summer survey

  1. Perhaps the most interesting and surprising stat for me was that only 29% of respondents felt they were NOT represented by GUSA. I would have expected it to be higher, and the fact that it was only that low is a good thing. Probably a better rating than the US government would get.

    The most troubling number might be that 77% were unsure of GUSA’s advocacy record or rated it poor. Of all the numbers I’d like to see more data behind, that one might benefit the most from a greater level of detail. Is it 70% rate it poor, 7% don’t know? Or is it 70% don’t know, 7% rate it poor? The difference between those two (admittedly extreme) scenarios would be massive in implications.

    Seems like GUSA needs to do a better job marketing its successes. People seem to think it is generally representative (so enough with the bureaucratic reshuffling) but not generally effective. I’d argue that it is relatively effective, but either way there’s no doubt that its successes aren’t well marketed or well understood.

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